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Social Learning, Social Influence, and Fertility Control [Ghana]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Casterline, John (Ohio State University. Department of Sociology)
  • Montgomery, Mark (State University of New York. Stony Brook University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy (C-DAMAA) Series
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
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
Free Keywords
AIDS; attitudes; birth control; birth expectations; fertility; health education; HIV; pregnancy; reproductive history; sexual awareness; sexual reproduction; sexually transmitted disease; social influences; social interaction
  • Abstract

    The Social Learning, Social Influence, and Fertility Control study examined the association between social network and reproductive attitudes and behavior, especially contraception. This collection represents round one of an eight round panel survey conducted in six communities in three coastal regions of Ghana ( Western, Central, and Greater Accra) and contains two separate datasets, one for women and one for men . In the face to face interview, women aged 15 to 50 and their male partners were asked about childbearing and related reproductive items, fertility preferences, and contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices. The respondents were also asked about social interaction, community organizations and HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Demographic information collected includes respondents' sex, marital status, employment, age, ethnicity, religious affiliation and social economic status.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted. There are no weight variables present in the data.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Women: 89 percent; Men: 76 percent.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Round 1, Women
    • DS2: Round 1, Men
Temporal Coverage
  • 1998 / 1999
    Time period: 1998--1999
Geographic Coverage
  • Africa
  • Ghana
  • Global
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
Sampled Universe
The universe included women from across Ghana aged 15-50 at the time of the Round 1 interview. Women of all marital statuses were eligible. The sample universe also included the male partners of the sampled women. Smallest Geographic Unit: community
Six communities were purposively selected for this project. The initial sample selection varied across communities, guided by considerations of population size and geographic dispersion. In Community II, Community III, Community IV and Community VI, which are smaller communities compared to Community V and Community I, all households were enumerated in the Household Census that preceded the first round of the panel survey, and all women aged 18-50 within each household were selected for the panel survey. In Community V, the second largest community, all households were enumerated in the Household Census, and a sub-sample was selected for the panel survey using simple random sampling. Community I is the largest of the six communities. It was first divided into four geographic sections. One section was randomly selected, and in this section all households were enumerated in the Household Census. A sub-sample was selected for the panel survey using simple random sampling. Because the study sites are small in number and purposively selected, the sample design does not provide a basis for generalizing to the region or national level. Please refer to the Project Summary for more information on sampling.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview, paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

    This collection has been minimally processed by ICPSR.

    Rounds two through eight are not yet available from ICPSR but are forthcoming.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35466 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Casterline, John; Montgomery, Mark (2015): Social Learning, Social Influence, and Fertility Control [Ghana]. Version 1. Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy (C-DAMAA) Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.