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Guatemalan Survey of Family Health (EGSF), 1995 (ICPSR 2344) RSS

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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.

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  • These data are freely available.

  • This dataset 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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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Household Interview: Household Roster Cover Page - Download All Files (6,519 KB)
DS2:  Household Interview: Household Roster - Download All Files (9,549 KB)
DS3:  Household Interview: Checks on Recent Residents - Download All Files (2,138 KB)
DS4:  Household Interview: Roster of Recent Residents - Download All Files (1,927 KB)
DS5:  Household Interview: Checks on Number of Eligible Women - Download All Files (3,196 KB)
DS6:  Individuals: Respondent Cover Information, Sections A-D - Download All Files (4,889 KB)
DS7:  Individuals: Household and Dwelling - Download All Files (4,353 KB)
DS8:  Individuals: Background Data - Download All Files (5,459 KB)
DS9:  Individuals: Birth Summary - Download All Files (2,711 KB)
DS10:  Individuals: Birth History - Download All Files (5,570 KB)
DS11:  Individuals: Children in Last 5 Years - Download All Files (4,809 KB)
DS12:  Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 1 - Download All Files (17,701 KB)
DS13:  Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 1 - Download All Files (3,619 KB)
DS14:  Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 2 - Download All Files (12,318 KB)
DS15:  Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 2 - Download All Files (2,793 KB)
DS16:  Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 1 - Download All Files (24,343 KB)
DS17:  Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 1 - Download All Files (9,582 KB)
DS18:  Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 2 - Download All Files (15,691 KB)
DS19:  Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 2 - Download All Files (4,922 KB)
DS20:  Individuals: Contraceptive Use - Download All Files (4,306 KB)
DS21:  Individuals: Marital History - Download All Files (3,195 KB)
DS22:  Individuals: Social Support--Parents, Others - Download All Files (5,738 KB)
DS23:  Individuals: Health Beliefs - Download All Files (5,493 KB)
DS24:  Individuals: Community Structure - Download All Files (2,502 KB)
DS25:  Individuals: Economic Situation--Health Insurance - Download All Files (2,013 KB)
DS26:  Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks - Download All Files (2,054 KB)
DS27:  Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Year - Download All Files (2,247 KB)
DS28:  Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks - Download All Files (2,413 KB)
DS29:  Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Year - Download All Files (2,335 KB)
DS30:  Individuals: Other Household Members Who Worked Last Year - Download All Files (2,047 KB)
DS31:  Individuals: Land and Housing - Download All Files (3,495 KB)
DS32:  Individuals: Basic Consumption Items, Last Week - Download All Files (10,814 KB)
DS33:  Individuals: Consumption Items Including Own Production - Download All Files (5,560 KB)
DS34:  Individuals: Items Bought in Last Month/Last 12 Months - Download All Files (2,546 KB)
DS35:  Individuals: Who Else Answered Household Economy Questions - Download All Files (2,059 KB)
DS36:  Individuals: Contact Information - Download All Files (2,269 KB)
DS37:  Individuals: Interview Notes - Download All Files (6,806 KB)
DS38:  Anthropometry: Dates, Disposition - Download All Files (3,862 KB)
DS39:  Anthropometry: Height/Weight - Download All Files (5,956 KB)
DS40:  Spanish Text for Calendars, Roster - Download All Files (2,879 KB)
DS41:  Key Informant: Cover Information - Download All Files (1,889 KB)
DS42:  Key Informant: Information on Informant Farming - Download All Files (1,958 KB)
DS43:  Key Informant: Three Crops Commonly Grown - Download All Files (1,893 KB)
DS44:  Key Informant: Crop 1--Type of Work - Download All Files (2,067 KB)
DS45:  Key Informant: Crop 2--Type of Work - Download All Files (1,778 KB)
DS46:  Key Informant: Crop 3--Type of Work - Download All Files (2,038 KB)
DS47:  Key Informant: Animals Raised for Sale - Download All Files (1,848 KB)
DS48:  Key Informant: Items Commonly Produced - Download All Files (1,704 KB)
DS49:  Key Informant: Factories in Community - Download All Files (1,847 KB)
DS50:  Key Informant: Plantations in Community - Download All Files (1,848 KB)
DS51:  Key Informant: Financial Institutions - Download All Files (1,853 KB)
DS52:  Key Informant: Distances to Various Places - Download All Files (2,136 KB)
DS53:  Key Informant: Sources of Water - Download All Files (1,831 KB)
DS54:  Key Informant: Piped Water/Sewer/Trash Services - Download All Files (1,897 KB)
DS55:  Key Informant: Important Community Events - Download All Files (1,915 KB)
DS56:  Key Informant: Costs of Various Products - Download All Files (1,898 KB)
DS57:  Key Informant: Migration/Transfer - Download All Files (1,755 KB)
DS58:  Key Informant: Health Facility Listing - Download All Files (2,007 KB)
DS59:  Key Informant: Individual Health Provider Listing - Download All Files (2,328 KB)
DS60:  Key Informant: Interviewer Comment - Download All Files (2,096 KB)
DS61:  Health Post: Cover Information - Download All Files (1,762 KB)
DS62:  Health Post: Respondent Characteristics - Download All Files (1,714 KB)
DS63:  Health Post: Type and Number of Employees - Download All Files (1,825 KB)
DS64:  Health Post: Specific Employees--Service - Download All Files (1,767 KB)
DS65:  Health Post: Hours of Operation - Download All Files (1,779 KB)
DS66:  Health Post: Type of Service--Specific - Download All Files (1,700 KB)
DS67:  Health Post: Payment Information - Download All Files (1,679 KB)
DS68:  Health Post: Referrals - Download All Files (1,897 KB)
DS69:  Health Post: Instrument Availability - Download All Files (1,785 KB)
DS70:  Health Post: Medicine Availability - Download All Files (1,960 KB)
DS71:  Health Post: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (1,829 KB)
DS72:  Doctors: Private Doctor/Clinic, Cover Information - Download All Files (1,747 KB)
DS73:  Doctors: Respondent Characteristics - Download All Files (1,711 KB)
DS74:  Doctors: Type of Employees/Practice Information - Download All Files (1,752 KB)
DS75:  Doctors: Hours of Operation - Download All Files (1,760 KB)
DS76:  Doctors: Types of Service - Download All Files (1,911 KB)
DS77:  Doctors: Referrals - Download All Files (1,852 KB)
DS78:  Doctors: Instrument Availability - Download All Files (1,743 KB)
DS79:  Doctors: Medicine Availability - Download All Files (1,855 KB)
DS80:  Doctors: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (1,772 KB)
DS81:  Others: Other Providers Cover Information - Download All Files (1,871 KB)
DS82:  Others: Respondent/Practice Information - Download All Files (2,037 KB)
DS83:  Others: Medicines Given to Pregnant Women - Download All Files (1,728 KB)
DS84:  Others: Exams Given to Pregnant Women - Download All Files (1,756 KB)
DS85:  Others: Pregnancy Complications - Download All Files (1,707 KB)
DS86:  Others: Referrals/Payment - Download All Files (1,932 KB)
DS87:  Others: Illnesses Seen by Provider - Download All Files (1,885 KB)
DS88:  Others: Services Provided - Download All Files (1,703 KB)
DS89:  Others: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (2,199 KB)
DS90:  Household Expenditure Measures - Download All Files (3,283 KB)
DS91:  Community Median Unit Prices for Household Expenditure Measures - Download All Files (1,750 KB)
DS92:  Individuals: Department and Municipality Codes - Download All Files (1,733 KB)
DS93:  Codebook for All Parts (PDF)
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DS94:  English Questionnaires (PDF)
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DS95:  Spanish Questionnaires (PDF)
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Study Description


Pebley, Anne R., and Noreen Goldman. Guatemalan Survey of Family Health (EGSF), 1995. ICPSR02344-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02344.v2

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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 (R01 HD031327)
  • United States Agency for International Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   birth, child health, communities, families, family size, family structure, fertility, health, health problems, households, income, rural population, social networks

Geographic Coverage:   Global, Guatemala

Time Period:  

  • 1995-05--1995-10

Date of Collection:  

  • 1995

Universe:   Household heads and women between the ages of 18 and 35 in Guatemala.

Data Types:   clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Sample:   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.

Data Source:

personal interviews and medical exams


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 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.

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