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Second Malaysian Family Life Survey: 1988 Interviews

Version
v2
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and event/transaction data
Creator
  • DaVanzo, Julie (RAND Corporation)
  • Haaga, John (RAND Corporation)
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • RAND Aging Studies in the Developing World Series
Publication Date
1993-02-14
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 Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Language
English
Free Keywords
communities; employment; families; family background; family life; family size; family structure; fertility; health; households; income; marriage; mortality rates; population migration; reproductive history; social change; social networks
Description
  • Abstract

    This collection, the second wave of a panel survey, provides household-level retrospective and current data for Peninsular Malaysian women and their husbands and covers traditional topics of demographic research such as fertility, nuptiality, migration, and mortality as well as social and economic factors affecting family decision-making. The overall purpose of the data collection was to study household behavior in diverse settings during a period of rapid demographic and socioeconomic change. Eight survey instruments were used in this study. The tracking instrument, MFLS-2, was used for all households where an interview was attempted, and recorded information such as disposition of survey and questionnaires, number of eligibles, and respondent identifiers. The MF20 instrument, Household Members, was administered to all Panel sample households that were located. It solicited information on the status of the household members and included items such as location, marital status, education, and birthdate. The MF21 form, Household Roster, was used on all households interviewed in the survey. This form collected demographic information on current and very recent household members. The MF22 form, Female Life History, surveyed the Panel women and their selected daughters and daughters-in-law, and the New Sample women. Information collected by this form included pregnancy history and related events, marital, work, and migration histories, family background, and education. The MF23 form, Male Life History, collected data from husbands of the Panel women, selected sons and sons-in-law, and husbands of New Sample women. Data on marital, work, and migration histories, education, and family background were recorded. The MF24 form, Senior Life History, was administered to selected persons aged 50 or more and contained questions on marriages, children living elsewhere, literacy, work experience, migration history, health, and family background. The MF25 form, Household Economy, collected data on household economy from all households interviewed in this wave. Forms MF26 and MF27 were used to generate community-level data subfiles for this collection. Part 97 (MF26DIST--District-Level Data) contains one record for each of the 78 districts of Peninsular Malaysia. This file provides information (most of which pertains to 1988, but some of which dates back to 1970) on health services (e.g., number of hospitals, health centers, and doctors), family planning services (e.g., number of family planning clinics, contraceptive use), birth, death, and fertility rates, number of primary and secondary schools, ethnic distributions, and industrial and occupational distributions. Part 98 (MF26EB--Community-Level Data) contains one record for each of the 398 Enumeration Blocks selected for MFLS-2 and the 52 Primary Sampling Units used in MFLS-1. This file gives the current status of family planning services, general health services, schools, water and sanitation, housing costs, agriculture, transportation, population, urban/rural status, and government programs. Part 99 (MF27COMM--Community-Level Data) offers data for the same units as Part 98 and contains similar information, along with retrospective data on family planning services, health services, schools, and water treatment. Merged files (Parts 106-112) that contain one record per respondent were created by ICPSR using the variables CASE SPLIT PERSON for MF22, MF23, MF24, and MF25 on the New and Senior samples and the Panel and Children samples.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: New and Senior: MFLS-2 Tracking Record
    • DS2: New and Senior: MF21SUM--Household Roster: Summary Record
    • DS3: New and Senior: MF21ROST--Household Roster
    • DS4: New and Senior: MF22SUM--Female Life History: Summary Record
    • DS5: New and Senior: MF22MARR--Female Life History: Marriages
    • DS6: New and Senior: MF22PSUM--Female Life History: Summary of Pregnancies
    • DS7: New and Senior: MF22PREG--Female Life History: Pregnancies
    • DS8: New and Senior: MF22CONT--Female Life History: Contraception
    • DS9: New and Senior: MF22MENS--Female Life History: Menstruation History and Desire for Children
    • DS10: New and Senior: MF22CARE--Female Life History: Child Care
    • DS11: New and Senior: MF22EDEX--Female Life History: Education Expenses
    • DS12: New and Senior: MF22ED--Female Life History: Education
    • DS13: New and Senior: MF22TRN--Female Life History: Training
    • DS14: New and Senior: MF22MIG--Female Life History: Migration and House Characteristics
    • DS15: New and Senior: MF22WORK--Female Life History: Work History
    • DS16: New and Senior: MF22BACK--Female Life History: Family Background
    • DS17: New and Senior: MF22HP1--Female Life History: Help for Own Parents
    • DS18: New and Senior: MF22HP2--Female Life History: Help From Own Parents
    • DS19: New and Senior: MF22HC1--Female Life History: Help for Grown Children
    • DS20: New and Senior: MF22HC2--Female Life History: Help From Grown Children
    • DS21: New and Senior: MF22EVAL--Female Life History: Interview Evaluation
    • DS22: New and Senior: MF23SUM--Male Life History: Summary Record
    • DS23: New and Senior: MF23MARR--Male Life History: Marriages
    • DS24: New and Senior: MF23ED--Male Life History: Education
    • DS25: New and Senior: MF23TRN--Male Life History: Training
    • DS26: New and Senior: MF23MIG--Male Life History: Migration History
    • DS27: New and Senior: MF23WORK--Male Life History: Work History
    • DS28: New and Senior: MF23BACK--Male Life History: Family Background
    • DS29: New and Senior: MF23HP1--Male Life History: Help for Own Parents
    • DS30: New and Senior: MF23HP2--Male Life History: Help From Own Parents
    • DS31: New and Senior: MF23EVAL--Male Life History: Interview Evaluation
    • DS32: New and Senior: MF24SUM--Senior Life History: Summary Record
    • DS33: New and Senior: MF24MARR--Senior Life History: Marriages
    • DS34: New and Senior: MF24CHLD--Senior Life History: Children Living Elsewhere
    • DS35: New and Senior: MF24LANG--Senior Life History: Languages
    • DS36: New and Senior: MF24MIG--Senior Life History: Migration History
    • DS37: New and Senior: MF24MIG2--Senior Life History: House Characteristics
    • DS38: New and Senior: MF24WORK--Senior Life History: Work History
    • DS39: New and Senior: MF24BACK--Senior Life History: Family Background
    • DS40: New and Senior: MF24HP1--Senior Life History: Help for Own Parents
    • DS41: New and Senior: MF24HC1--Senior Life History: Help for Grown Children
    • DS42: New and Senior: MF24HC2--Senior Life History: Help From Grown Children
    • DS43: New and Senior: MF24HO1--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Money/Food
    • DS44: New and Senior: MF24HO2--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Child Care/Household Chores
    • DS45: New and Senior: MF24HO3--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Business
    • DS46: New and Senior: MF24HO4--Senior Life History: Help From Other Relatives: Money/Food
    • DS47: New and Senior: MF24HO5--Senior Life History: Help From Other Relatives: Chores/Business
    • DS48: New and Senior: MF24HLTH--Senior Life History: Health
    • DS49: New and Senior: MF24EVAL--Senior Life History: Interview Evaluation
    • DS50: New and Senior: MF25SUM--Household Economy: Summary Record
    • DS51: New and Senior: MF25POS1--Household Economy: Household Possessions
    • DS52: New and Senior: MF25POS2--Household Economy: Household Ownership and Expenses
    • DS53: New and Senior: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities
    • DS54: New and Senior: MF25OTH--Household Economy: Other Sources of Income
    • DS55: New and Senior: MF25EVAL--Household Economy: Interview Evaluation
    • DS56: Panel and Children: MFLS-2 Tracking Record
    • DS57: Panel and Children: MFLS-2 Additional Tracking Record
    • DS58: Panel and Children: MF20SUM--1976 Household Members: Summary Record
    • DS59: Panel and Children: MF20CHLD--1976 Household Members: List of Eligible Children
    • DS60: Panel and Children: MF200TH--1976 Household Members: All Other Members of the MFLS-1 Household
    • DS61: Panel and Children: MF21SUM--Household Roster: Summary Record
    • DS62: Panel and Children: MF21ROST--Household Roster
    • DS63: Panel and Children: MF22SUM--Female Life History: Summary Record
    • DS64: Panel and Children: MF22MARR--Female Life History: Marriages
    • DS65: Panel and Children: MF22PSUM--Female Life History: Summary of Pregnancies
    • DS66: Panel and Children: MF22PREG--Female Life History: Pregnancies
    • DS67: Panel and Children: MF22CONT--Female Life History: Contraception
    • DS68: Panel and Children: MF22MENS--Female Life History: Menstruation History and Desire for Children
    • DS69: Panel and Children: MF22CARE--Female Life History: Child Care
    • DS70: Panel and Children: MF22EDEX--Female Life History: Education Expenses
    • DS71: Panel and Children: MF22ED--Female Life History: Education
    • DS72: Panel and Children: MF22TRN--Female History: Training
    • DS73: Panel and Children: MF22MIG--Female Life History: Migration and House Characteristics
    • DS74: Panel and Children: MF22WORK--Female Life History: Work History
    • DS75: Panel and Children: MF22BACK--Female Life History: Family Background
    • DS76: Panel and Children: MF22HP1--Female Life History: Help for Own Children
    • DS77: Panel and Children: MF22HP2--Female Life History: Help >From Own Parents
    • DS78: Panel and Children: MF22HC1--Female Life History: Help for Grown Children
    • DS79: Panel and Children: MF22HC2--Female Life History: Help >From Grown Children
    • DS80: Panel and Children: MF22EVAL--Female Life History: Interview Evaluation
    • DS81: Panel and Children: MF23SUM--Male Life History: Summary Record
    • DS82: Panel and Children: MF23MARR--Male Life History: Marriages
    • DS83: Panel and Children: MF23ED--Male Life History: Education
    • DS84: Panel and Children: MF23TRN--Male Life History: Training
    • DS85: Panel and Children: MF23MIG--Male Life History: Migration History
    • DS86: Panel and Children: MF23WORK--Male Life History: Work History
    • DS87: Panel and Children: MF23BACK--Male Life History: Family Background
    • DS88: Panel and Children: MF23HP1--Male Life History: Help for Own Parents
    • DS89: Panel and Children: MF23HP2--Male Life History: Help >From Own Parents
    • DS90: Panel and Children: MF23EVAL--Male Life History: Interview Evaluation
    • DS91: Panel and Children: MF25SUM--Household Economy: Summary Record
    • DS92: Panel and Children: MF25POS1--Household Economy: Household Possessions
    • DS93: Panel and Children: MF25POS2--Household Economy: Household Ownership and Expenses
    • DS94: Panel and Children: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities
    • DS95: Panel and Children: MF25OTH--Household Economy: Other Sources of Income
    • DS96: Panel and Children: MF25EVAL--Household Economy: Interview Evaluation
    • DS97: MF26DIST--District-Level Data
    • DS98: MF26EB--Community-Level Data
    • DS99: MF27COMM--Community-Level Data
    • DS100: Codebook Volume 1: "Introduction" Through "MF22: Female Life History"
    • DS101: Codebook Volume 2: "MF23: Male Life History" Through "MF26EB: Community-Level Data From MF26"
    • DS102: Codebook Volume 3: "MF26DIST: District-Level Data From MF26" Through "MF27COMM: Community-Level Data From MF27"
    • DS103: Appendices
    • DS104: User's Guide and Technical Report
    • DS105: Data Collection Instruments
    • DS106: New and Senior: MF22MERG--Merged File for MF22
    • DS107: New and Senior: MF23MERG--Merged File for MF23
    • DS108: New and Senior: MF24MERG--Merged File for MF24
    • DS109: New and Senior: MF25MERG--Merged File for MF25
    • DS110: Panel and Children: MF22MERG--Merged File for MF22
    • DS111: Panel and Children: MF23MERG--Merged File for MF23
    • DS112: Panel and Children: MF25MERG--Merged File for MF25
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988
  • 1988-08 / 1989-01
    Collection date: 1988-08--1989-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Malaysia
  • Global
Sampled Universe
(1) All married women aged 50 or younger living in Peninsular Malaysia, (2) all children aged 18 or older living in Peninsular Malaysia, (3) all women under age 18 ever married and women between 18 and 49 living in Peninsular Malaysia, (4) all persons aged 50 and older living in Peninsular Malaysia.
Sampling
Four samples were drawn for this study: Panel, Children, New, and Senior. (1) Those eligible for the Panel Sample were 1,262 women who were the primary respondents in the First Malaysian Family Life Survey in 1976. At that time, all had been married and were aged 50 or younger. In the second wave, 889 of these Panel respondents completed the Female Life History Questionnaire, a follow-up rate of 72 percent of those eligible. The husbands of these respondents were also interviewed if living in the household. (2) The Children Sample consisted of children of the women eligible for the study aged 18 or older. There were interviews with one child, selected at random, living elsewhere in Peninsular Malaysia. (3) The New Sample consisted of women aged 18-49 (regardless of marital status) or ever-married women under age 18. (4) The Senior Sample consisted of 1,357 persons aged 50 or older.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The codebook, data collection instruments, and other documentation are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (2) Questions regarding variables in the merged files (Parts 106-112) should be directed to the data producer at mfls-supp@rand.org.

Note
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 Merged files (Parts 106-112) that contain one record per respondent were created by ICPSR using the variables CASE SPLIT PERSON for MF22, MF23, MF24, and MF25 on the New and Senior samples (Parts 106-109) and the Panel and Children samples.1999-04-12 Part 56 (Panel and Children: MFLS-2 Tracking Record), Part 53 (New and Senior: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities), and Part 94 (Panel and Children: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities) and their corresponding SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been replaced due to additional cleaning of the data by the principal investigator. 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 (WD-5639-1-NICHD/NIA). United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging.
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9805 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09805.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09805.v1
Publications
  • Smith, James P., Thomas, Duncan. On the road: Marriage and mobility in Malaysia. Journal of Human Resources.33, (4), 805-832.1998.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/146399 (URL)
  • Chan, Angelique, Davanzo, Julie. Ethnic differences in parents' coresidence with adult children in Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.11, (1), 29-59.1996.
  • Brien, Michael J., Lillard, Lee A.. Education, marriage, and first conception in Malaysia. Journal of Human Resources.29, (4), 1167-1204.1994.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/146137 (URL)
  • Lillard, Lee A., Willis, Robert J.. Intergenerational educational mobility: Effects of family and state in Malaysia. Journal of Human Resources.29, (4), 1126-1166.1994.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/146136 (URL)
  • Pong, Suet-ling. Sex preference and fertility in peninsular Malaysia. Studies in Family Planning.25, (3), 137-148.1994.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137940 (URL)
  • Pong, Suet-ling. Preferential policies and secondary school attainment in peninsular Malaysia. Sociology of Education.66, (4), 245-261.1993.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2112755 (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

DaVanzo, Julie; Haaga, John (1993): Second Malaysian Family Life Survey: 1988 Interviews. Version 2. RAND Aging Studies in the Developing World Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09805.v2