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Second Malaysian Family Life Survey: 1988 Interviews (ICPSR 9805)

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Summary:

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.

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    This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).

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DS1:  New and Senior: MFLS-2 Tracking Record - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
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DS2:  New and Senior: MF21SUM--Household Roster: Summary Record - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS3:  New and Senior: MF21ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (5.9 MB)
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DS4:  New and Senior: MF22SUM--Female Life History: Summary Record - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS5:  New and Senior: MF22MARR--Female Life History: Marriages - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS6:  New and Senior: MF22PSUM--Female Life History: Summary of Pregnancies - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS7:  New and Senior: MF22PREG--Female Life History: Pregnancies - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
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DS8:  New and Senior: MF22CONT--Female Life History: Contraception - Download All Files (3.4 MB)
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DS9:  New and Senior: MF22MENS--Female Life History: Menstruation History and Desire for Children - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS10:  New and Senior: MF22CARE--Female Life History: Child Care - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS11:  New and Senior: MF22EDEX--Female Life History: Education Expenses - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS12:  New and Senior: MF22ED--Female Life History: Education - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS13:  New and Senior: MF22TRN--Female Life History: Training - Download All Files (1.2 MB)
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DS14:  New and Senior: MF22MIG--Female Life History: Migration and House Characteristics - Download All Files (2.9 MB)
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DS15:  New and Senior: MF22WORK--Female Life History: Work History - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS16:  New and Senior: MF22BACK--Female Life History: Family Background - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS17:  New and Senior: MF22HP1--Female Life History: Help for Own Parents - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS18:  New and Senior: MF22HP2--Female Life History: Help From Own Parents - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS19:  New and Senior: MF22HC1--Female Life History: Help for Grown Children - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS20:  New and Senior: MF22HC2--Female Life History: Help From Grown Children - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS21:  New and Senior: MF22EVAL--Female Life History: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS22:  New and Senior: MF23SUM--Male Life History: Summary Record - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS23:  New and Senior: MF23MARR--Male Life History: Marriages - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS24:  New and Senior: MF23ED--Male Life History: Education - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS25:  New and Senior: MF23TRN--Male Life History: Training - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS26:  New and Senior: MF23MIG--Male Life History: Migration History - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS27:  New and Senior: MF23WORK--Male Life History: Work History - Download All Files (2 MB)
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DS28:  New and Senior: MF23BACK--Male Life History: Family Background - Download All Files (1.2 MB)
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DS29:  New and Senior: MF23HP1--Male Life History: Help for Own Parents - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS30:  New and Senior: MF23HP2--Male Life History: Help From Own Parents - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS31:  New and Senior: MF23EVAL--Male Life History: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS32:  New and Senior: MF24SUM--Senior Life History: Summary Record - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS33:  New and Senior: MF24MARR--Senior Life History: Marriages - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS34:  New and Senior: MF24CHLD--Senior Life History: Children Living Elsewhere - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS35:  New and Senior: MF24LANG--Senior Life History: Languages - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS36:  New and Senior: MF24MIG--Senior Life History: Migration History - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS37:  New and Senior: MF24MIG2--Senior Life History: House Characteristics - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS38:  New and Senior: MF24WORK--Senior Life History: Work History - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS39:  New and Senior: MF24BACK--Senior Life History: Family Background - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS40:  New and Senior: MF24HP1--Senior Life History: Help for Own Parents - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS41:  New and Senior: MF24HC1--Senior Life History: Help for Grown Children - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS42:  New and Senior: MF24HC2--Senior Life History: Help From Grown Children - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS43:  New and Senior: MF24HO1--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Money/Food - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS44:  New and Senior: MF24HO2--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Child Care/Household Chores - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS45:  New and Senior: MF24HO3--Senior Life History: Help for Other Relatives: Business - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS46:  New and Senior: MF24HO4--Senior Life History: Help From Other Relatives: Money/Food - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS47:  New and Senior: MF24HO5--Senior Life History: Help From Other Relatives: Chores/Business - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS48:  New and Senior: MF24HLTH--Senior Life History: Health - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS49:  New and Senior: MF24EVAL--Senior Life History: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS50:  New and Senior: MF25SUM--Household Economy: Summary Record - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS51:  New and Senior: MF25POS1--Household Economy: Household Possessions - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS52:  New and Senior: MF25POS2--Household Economy: Household Ownership and Expenses - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS53:  New and Senior: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS54:  New and Senior: MF25OTH--Household Economy: Other Sources of Income - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS55:  New and Senior: MF25EVAL--Household Economy: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS56:  Panel and Children: MFLS-2 Tracking Record - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS57:  Panel and Children: MFLS-2 Additional Tracking Record - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS58:  Panel and Children: MF20SUM--1976 Household Members: Summary Record - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS59:  Panel and Children: MF20CHLD--1976 Household Members: List of Eligible Children - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS60:  Panel and Children: MF200TH--1976 Household Members: All Other Members of the MFLS-1 Household - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS61:  Panel and Children: MF21SUM--Household Roster: Summary Record - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS62:  Panel and Children: MF21ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
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DS63:  Panel and Children: MF22SUM--Female Life History: Summary Record - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS64:  Panel and Children: MF22MARR--Female Life History: Marriages - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS65:  Panel and Children: MF22PSUM--Female Life History: Summary of Pregnancies - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS66:  Panel and Children: MF22PREG--Female Life History: Pregnancies - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
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DS67:  Panel and Children: MF22CONT--Female Life History: Contraception - Download All Files (3.4 MB)
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DS68:  Panel and Children: MF22MENS--Female Life History: Menstruation History and Desire for Children - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS69:  Panel and Children: MF22CARE--Female Life History: Child Care - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS70:  Panel and Children: MF22EDEX--Female Life History: Education Expenses - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS71:  Panel and Children: MF22ED--Female Life History: Education - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS72:  Panel and Children: MF22TRN--Female History: Training - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS73:  Panel and Children: MF22MIG--Female Life History: Migration and House Characteristics - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
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DS74:  Panel and Children: MF22WORK--Female Life History: Work History - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS75:  Panel and Children: MF22BACK--Female Life History: Family Background - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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DS76:  Panel and Children: MF22HP1--Female Life History: Help for Own Children - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS77:  Panel and Children: MF22HP2--Female Life History: Help >From Own Parents - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS78:  Panel and Children: MF22HC1--Female Life History: Help for Grown Children - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS79:  Panel and Children: MF22HC2--Female Life History: Help >From Grown Children - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS80:  Panel and Children: MF22EVAL--Female Life History: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS81:  Panel and Children: MF23SUM--Male Life History: Summary Record - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS82:  Panel and Children: MF23MARR--Male Life History: Marriages - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS83:  Panel and Children: MF23ED--Male Life History: Education - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS84:  Panel and Children: MF23TRN--Male Life History: Training - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS85:  Panel and Children: MF23MIG--Male Life History: Migration History - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
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DS86:  Panel and Children: MF23WORK--Male Life History: Work History - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
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DS87:  Panel and Children: MF23BACK--Male Life History: Family Background - Download All Files (1.2 MB)
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DS88:  Panel and Children: MF23HP1--Male Life History: Help for Own Parents - Download All Files (0.6 MB)
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DS89:  Panel and Children: MF23HP2--Male Life History: Help >From Own Parents - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS90:  Panel and Children: MF23EVAL--Male Life History: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS91:  Panel and Children: MF25SUM--Household Economy: Summary Record - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS92:  Panel and Children: MF25POS1--Household Economy: Household Possessions - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS93:  Panel and Children: MF25POS2--Household Economy: Household Ownership and Expenses - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS94:  Panel and Children: MF25INC--Household Economy: Income-Producing Activities - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS95:  Panel and Children: MF25OTH--Household Economy: Other Sources of Income - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS96:  Panel and Children: MF25EVAL--Household Economy: Interview Evaluation - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS97:  MF26DIST--District-Level Data - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS98:  MF26EB--Community-Level Data - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS99:  MF27COMM--Community-Level Data - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS100:  Codebook Volume 1: "Introduction" Through "MF22: Female Life History"
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DS101:  Codebook Volume 2: "MF23: Male Life History" Through "MF26EB: Community-Level Data From MF26"
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DS102:  Codebook Volume 3: "MF26DIST: District-Level Data From MF26" Through "MF27COMM: Community-Level Data From MF27"
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DS106:  New and Senior: MF22MERG--Merged File for MF22 - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS107:  New and Senior: MF23MERG--Merged File for MF23 - Download All Files (4 MB)
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DS108:  New and Senior: MF24MERG--Merged File for MF24 - Download All Files (6.1 MB)
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DS109:  New and Senior: MF25MERG--Merged File for MF25 - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS110:  Panel and Children: MF22MERG--Merged File for MF22 - Download All Files (6.1 MB)
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DS111:  Panel and Children: MF23MERG--Merged File for MF23 - Download All Files (4 MB)
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DS112:  Panel and Children: MF25MERG--Merged File for MF25 - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

DaVanzo, Julie, and John Haaga. Second Malaysian Family Life Survey: 1988 Interviews. ICPSR09805-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09805.v3

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • 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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   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

Geographic Coverage:   Malaysia, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1988

Date of Collection:  

  • 1988-08--1989-01

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.

Data Types:   survey data, and event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

(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.

Methodology

Sample:   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.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 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.

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