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Guatemalan Survey of Family Health (EGSF), 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : clinical data, survey data
  • Pebley, Anne R.
  • Goldman, Noreen
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • United States Agency for International Development
Free Keywords
birth; child health; communities; families; family size; family structure; fertility; health; health problems; households; income; rural population; social networks
  • Abstract

    The Guatemalan Survey of Family Health (EGSF) was undertaken to investigate the health of children under the age of five and women during pregnancy and childbirth residing in 60 communities within the departments (geopolitical units) of Chimaltenango, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan, and Jalapa in Guatemala. Data were collected at the household, individual, and community levels to gain an in-depth understanding of the way residents in these rural populations think about their health, treatment, and family relations. Data at the household level (Parts 1-5, 90-92) provide information on household members, relation to household head, age, education, and language used. The individual-level data (Parts 6-37) describe the respondent's background, marital/relationship history, social ties and social support, and economic status, along with health beliefs, a complete birth history, knowledge and use of contraception, health problems and treatment during the last two pregnancies, and anthropometry on mothers and children. Extensive data were gathered regarding the health problems and treatment for each of the two youngest children born since January 1990, with particular focus on diarrhea and respiratory infections. The community data (Parts 41-60) supply information gathered from three knowledgeable individuals called "key informants" about occupations in the community, crops grown, wages, utilities and community services, and the history of the community. Parts 61-89 contain information regarding Health Posts (health care centers) through interviews conducted with key informants, doctors (Parts 72-80), and other health service providers (Parts 81-89), including traditional providers such as curers, midwives, and bone setters, regarding their practices, patients, referrals, fees, payment, and the use of specific treatments.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Household Interview: Household Roster Cover Page
    • DS2: Household Interview: Household Roster
    • DS3: Household Interview: Checks on Recent Residents
    • DS4: Household Interview: Roster of Recent Residents
    • DS5: Household Interview: Checks on Number of Eligible Women
    • DS6: Individuals: Respondent Cover Information, Sections A-D
    • DS7: Individuals: Household and Dwelling
    • DS8: Individuals: Background Data
    • DS9: Individuals: Birth Summary
    • DS10: Individuals: Birth History
    • DS11: Individuals: Children in Last 5 Years
    • DS12: Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 1
    • DS13: Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 1
    • DS14: Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 2
    • DS15: Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 2
    • DS16: Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 1
    • DS17: Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 1
    • DS18: Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 2
    • DS19: Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 2
    • DS20: Individuals: Contraceptive Use
    • DS21: Individuals: Marital History
    • DS22: Individuals: Social Support--Parents, Others
    • DS23: Individuals: Health Beliefs
    • DS24: Individuals: Community Structure
    • DS25: Individuals: Economic Situation--Health Insurance
    • DS26: Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks
    • DS27: Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Year
    • DS28: Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks
    • DS29: Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Year
    • DS30: Individuals: Other Household Members Who Worked Last Year
    • DS31: Individuals: Land and Housing
    • DS32: Individuals: Basic Consumption Items, Last Week
    • DS33: Individuals: Consumption Items Including Own Production
    • DS34: Individuals: Items Bought in Last Month/Last 12 Months
    • DS35: Individuals: Who Else Answered Household Economy Questions
    • DS36: Individuals: Contact Information
    • DS37: Individuals: Interview Notes
    • DS38: Anthropometry: Dates, Disposition
    • DS39: Anthropometry: Height/Weight
    • DS40: Spanish Text for Calendars, Roster
    • DS41: Key Informant: Cover Information
    • DS42: Key Informant: Information on Informant Farming
    • DS43: Key Informant: Three Crops Commonly Grown
    • DS44: Key Informant: Crop 1--Type of Work
    • DS45: Key Informant: Crop 2--Type of Work
    • DS46: Key Informant: Crop 3--Type of Work
    • DS47: Key Informant: Animals Raised for Sale
    • DS48: Key Informant: Items Commonly Produced
    • DS49: Key Informant: Factories in Community
    • DS50: Key Informant: Plantations in Community
    • DS51: Key Informant: Financial Institutions
    • DS52: Key Informant: Distances to Various Places
    • DS53: Key Informant: Sources of Water
    • DS54: Key Informant: Piped Water/Sewer/Trash Services
    • DS55: Key Informant: Important Community Events
    • DS56: Key Informant: Costs of Various Products
    • DS57: Key Informant: Migration/Transfer
    • DS58: Key Informant: Health Facility Listing
    • DS59: Key Informant: Individual Health Provider Listing
    • DS60: Key Informant: Interviewer Comment
    • DS61: Health Post: Cover Information
    • DS62: Health Post: Respondent Characteristics
    • DS63: Health Post: Type and Number of Employees
    • DS64: Health Post: Specific Employees--Service
    • DS65: Health Post: Hours of Operation
    • DS66: Health Post: Type of Service--Specific
    • DS67: Health Post: Payment Information
    • DS68: Health Post: Referrals
    • DS69: Health Post: Instrument Availability
    • DS70: Health Post: Medicine Availability
    • DS71: Health Post: Interviewer Comments
    • DS72: Doctors: Private Doctor/Clinic, Cover Information
    • DS73: Doctors: Respondent Characteristics
    • DS74: Doctors: Type of Employees/Practice Information
    • DS75: Doctors: Hours of Operation
    • DS76: Doctors: Types of Service
    • DS77: Doctors: Referrals
    • DS78: Doctors: Instrument Availability
    • DS79: Doctors: Medicine Availability
    • DS80: Doctors: Interviewer Comments
    • DS81: Others: Other Providers Cover Information
    • DS82: Others: Respondent/Practice Information
    • DS83: Others: Medicines Given to Pregnant Women
    • DS84: Others: Exams Given to Pregnant Women
    • DS85: Others: Pregnancy Complications
    • DS86: Others: Referrals/Payment
    • DS87: Others: Illnesses Seen by Provider
    • DS88: Others: Services Provided
    • DS89: Others: Interviewer Comments
    • DS90: Household Expenditure Measures
    • DS91: Community Median Unit Prices for Household Expenditure Measures
    • DS92: Individuals: Department and Municipality Codes
    • DS93: Codebook for All Parts (PDF)
    • DS94: English Questionnaires (PDF)
    • DS95: Spanish Questionnaires (PDF)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-05 / 1995-10
    Time period: 1995-05--1995-10
  • Collection date: 1995
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
  • Guatemala
Sampled Universe
Household heads and women between the ages of 18 and 35 in Guatemala.
Stratified clustered probability sample of households residing in four rural departments (geopolitical units) of Guatemala: Chimaltenango, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan, and Jalapa. The sampling plan was based on a target of interviewing approximately 3,000 women aged 18-35 in 60 rural communities within the four departments. The sample of communities was drawn from communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants within each of the departments.
Collection Mode
  • The logical record length data and data definition statements were extracted from SAS transport files, which are available from RAND.

    Although the household and women's individual samples are approximately self-weighting within each of the four departments, the sample is not self-weighting across the four departments. See the documentation for additional details.

    Questions regarding the data should be directed to RAND at the EGSF email address:

    Additional Guatemala-related publications may be found under the EGSF description on RAND's Family Life Surveys Web site.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 93 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1999-11-02 Errors in the data and data definition statements for Parts 1, 64, 68, 77, 80, 82, and 88 have been corrected. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD031327). United States Agency for International Development.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2344 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02344.v1
  • Glei, Dana A., Goldman, Noreen. Understanding ethnic variation in pregnancy-related care in rural Guatemala. Ethnicity and Health.5, (1), 5 -2000.
  • Wagstaff, Adam, Watanabe, Naoko. Socioeconomic Inequalities in Child Malnutrition in the Developing World. Working paper.2434, Washington, DC: World Bank Group. 2000.
  • Pebley, Anne R., Hurtado, Elena, Goldman, Noreen. Beliefs about children's illness. Journal of Biosocial Science.31, (2), 195-219.1999.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0021932099001959 (DOI)
  • Goldman, N., Vaughan, B., Pebley, A.R.. The use of calendars to measure child illness in Health Interview Surveys. International Journal of Epidemiology.27, (3), 505-512.1998.
    • ID: 10.1093/ije/27.3.505 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Pebley, Anne R.; Goldman, Noreen (1998): Guatemalan Survey of Family Health (EGSF), 1995. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.