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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.

Access Notes

  • 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 (6.5 MB)
DS2:  Household Interview: Household Roster - Download All Files (9.5 MB)
DS3:  Household Interview: Checks on Recent Residents - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS4:  Household Interview: Roster of Recent Residents - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS5:  Household Interview: Checks on Number of Eligible Women - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
DS6:  Individuals: Respondent Cover Information, Sections A-D - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
DS7:  Individuals: Household and Dwelling - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
DS8:  Individuals: Background Data - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
DS9:  Individuals: Birth Summary - Download All Files (2.7 MB)
DS10:  Individuals: Birth History - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
DS11:  Individuals: Children in Last 5 Years - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
DS12:  Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 1 - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS13:  Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 1 - Download All Files (3.6 MB)
DS14:  Individuals: Prenatal Calendar--Kid 2 - Download All Files (12.3 MB)
DS15:  Individuals: Prenatal Providers Questions--Kid 2 - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
DS16:  Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 1 - Download All Files (24.3 MB)
DS17:  Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 1 - Download All Files (9.6 MB)
DS18:  Individuals: Morbidity Calendar--Kid 2 - Download All Files (15.7 MB)
DS19:  Individuals: Remedies, Providers, Inpatient--Kid 2 - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
DS20:  Individuals: Contraceptive Use - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
DS21:  Individuals: Marital History - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
DS22:  Individuals: Social Support--Parents, Others - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
DS23:  Individuals: Health Beliefs - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
DS24:  Individuals: Community Structure - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
DS25:  Individuals: Economic Situation--Health Insurance - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS26:  Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS27:  Individuals: Respondent--Economic Activities, Last Year - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS28:  Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Two Weeks - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
DS29:  Individuals: Spouse Economic Activities, Last Year - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS30:  Individuals: Other Household Members Who Worked Last Year - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS31:  Individuals: Land and Housing - Download All Files (3.5 MB)
DS32:  Individuals: Basic Consumption Items, Last Week - Download All Files (10.8 MB)
DS33:  Individuals: Consumption Items Including Own Production - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
DS34:  Individuals: Items Bought in Last Month/Last 12 Months - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
DS35:  Individuals: Who Else Answered Household Economy Questions - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS36:  Individuals: Contact Information - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS37:  Individuals: Interview Notes - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
DS38:  Anthropometry: Dates, Disposition - Download All Files (3.9 MB)
DS39:  Anthropometry: Height/Weight - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS40:  Spanish Text for Calendars, Roster - Download All Files (2.9 MB)
DS41:  Key Informant: Cover Information - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS42:  Key Informant: Information on Informant Farming - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS43:  Key Informant: Three Crops Commonly Grown - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS44:  Key Informant: Crop 1--Type of Work - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS45:  Key Informant: Crop 2--Type of Work - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS46:  Key Informant: Crop 3--Type of Work - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS47:  Key Informant: Animals Raised for Sale - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS48:  Key Informant: Items Commonly Produced - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS49:  Key Informant: Factories in Community - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS50:  Key Informant: Plantations in Community - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS51:  Key Informant: Financial Institutions - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS52:  Key Informant: Distances to Various Places - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS53:  Key Informant: Sources of Water - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS54:  Key Informant: Piped Water/Sewer/Trash Services - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS55:  Key Informant: Important Community Events - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS56:  Key Informant: Costs of Various Products - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS57:  Key Informant: Migration/Transfer - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS58:  Key Informant: Health Facility Listing - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS59:  Key Informant: Individual Health Provider Listing - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS60:  Key Informant: Interviewer Comment - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS61:  Health Post: Cover Information - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS62:  Health Post: Respondent Characteristics - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS63:  Health Post: Type and Number of Employees - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS64:  Health Post: Specific Employees--Service - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS65:  Health Post: Hours of Operation - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS66:  Health Post: Type of Service--Specific - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS67:  Health Post: Payment Information - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS68:  Health Post: Referrals - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS69:  Health Post: Instrument Availability - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS70:  Health Post: Medicine Availability - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS71:  Health Post: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS72:  Doctors: Private Doctor/Clinic, Cover Information - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS73:  Doctors: Respondent Characteristics - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS74:  Doctors: Type of Employees/Practice Information - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS75:  Doctors: Hours of Operation - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS76:  Doctors: Types of Service - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS77:  Doctors: Referrals - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS78:  Doctors: Instrument Availability - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS79:  Doctors: Medicine Availability - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS80:  Doctors: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS81:  Others: Other Providers Cover Information - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS82:  Others: Respondent/Practice Information - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS83:  Others: Medicines Given to Pregnant Women - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS84:  Others: Exams Given to Pregnant Women - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS85:  Others: Pregnancy Complications - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS86:  Others: Referrals/Payment - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS87:  Others: Illnesses Seen by Provider - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS88:  Others: Services Provided - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS89:  Others: Interviewer Comments - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS90:  Household Expenditure Measures - Download All Files (3.3 MB)
DS91:  Community Median Unit Prices for Household Expenditure Measures - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS92:  Individuals: Department and Municipality Codes - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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.

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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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