WFS Data
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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Panama, 1975-76 (WFS)

The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.

Basic Information

  • Name of survey: Encuesta de Fecundidad
  • Executive agency: Oficina de Estudios de Población, Ministerio de Salud
  • Date of fieldwork: 1975-76
  • Universe: All women, 20-49
  • Coverage: National, 90%
  • Size: 3701
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 23,960 self-weighting)

Additional Information

The survey domain excluded remote areas and those inhabited primarily by the indigenous population. This survey, atypically for the WFS programme, defined the universe for the individual enquiry as all women aged 20-49. In the household survey, however, fertility questions were asked of women aged 15-19 (and of women aged 50+). Information on household amenities was also collected in the household survey.

The abortion module was used and a complete history of non-live births is available on the SR file. Never-married women in the individual sample were not asked questions on contraceptive knowledge or use. Country specific topics include religious participation (church attendance, frequency of communion, perceived importance of religion) and pap smears (knowledge and experience, interest, and reasons for lack of interest).

Release Conditions

Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:

  Lic. José A. Barahona S.
Oficina de Estudios de Población
Ministerio de Salud
AP 2048
Panama 1

Public Use Files

Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode dictionary dictionary data are available in ISSA format. The table below lists the file names and descriptions.

File Description File Type Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
pasr02.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
pasr02.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
pass01.dat Supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
pass01.dct Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
pasr02h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
pasr02h.dic Standard ISSA dictionary for ISSA format data (ISSA program is required to use this file) Binary file (requires ISSA program to use this file) Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key Reference

1. Ministerio de Salud, Encuesta de Fecundidad, 1977 - Informe General, Panama City, 1978.

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