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First Malaysian Family Life Survey, 1976-1977 (ICPSR 6170) RSS

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Summary:

The First Malaysian Family Life Survey, 1976-1977 (MFLS-1), was conducted in Peninsular Malaysia as a retrospective life history survey of 1,262 households containing an ever-married woman aged 50 or younger. Full life histories were collected through personal interviews with these women and their husbands regarding fertility-related events, marriage, employment, migration, income and wealth, attitudes and expectations with respect to family size and composition, community characteristics, time allocation, and transfers of goods, help, and money between the respondents and others. The survey collected data in three separate rounds held at four-month intervals. The majority of the survey was administered in Round 1, while the second and third rounds collected data on new questions not asked in Round 1 and also updated some of the Round 1 data, most notably the work and pregnancy histories. In October 1981, the individual-level dataset (Part 142) was created, consisting of one fixed-length record per individual per household. Variables included at both the individual and household levels provide information on demographics, time allocation, and income and wealth. Due to processing constraints, most of the retrospective data have been omitted from the individual-level dataset.

Series: RAND Aging Studies in the Developing World Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

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DS1:  Round 1: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (98 KB)
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DS2:  Round 1: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (400 KB)
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DS3:  Round 1: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (105 KB)
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DS4:  Round 1: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (87 KB)
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DS5:  Round 1: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (543 KB)
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DS6:  Round 1: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (54 KB)
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DS7:  Round 1: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS8:  Round 1: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (291 KB)
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DS9:  Round 1: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (195 KB)
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DS10:  Round 1: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (55 KB)
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DS11:  Round 1: MF2EMP--Employment (Female) - Download All Files (379 KB)
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DS12:  Round 1: MF3SUM--Male Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (93 KB)
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DS13:  Round 1: MF3ED--Education/Training/Marriage - Download All Files (96 KB)
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DS14:  Round 1: MF3EMP--Employment (Male) - Download All Files (605 KB)
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DS15:  Round 1: MF3PROP--Property and Gifts - Download All Files (140 KB)
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DS16:  Round 1: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (156 KB)
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DS17:  Round 1: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (453 KB)
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DS18:  Round 1: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Female) - Download All Files (276 KB)
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DS19:  Round 1: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS20:  Round 1: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (158 KB)
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DS21:  Round 1: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (61 KB)
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DS22:  Round 1: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (125 KB)
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DS23:  Round 1: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (179 KB)
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DS24:  Round 1: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (115 KB)
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DS25:  Round 1: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (92 KB)
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DS26:  Round 1: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS27:  Round 1: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (104 KB)
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DS28:  Round 1: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (42 KB)
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DS29:  Round 1: MF6SMAL1--Small Animals - Download All Files (89 KB)
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DS30:  Round 1: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (35 KB)
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DS31:  Round 1: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (72 KB)
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DS32:  Round 1: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (68 KB)
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DS33:  Round 1: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (66 KB)
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DS34:  Round 1: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (58 KB)
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DS35:  Round 1: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (27 KB)
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DS36:  Round 1: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (34 KB)
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DS37:  Round 1: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (54 KB)
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DS38:  Round 1: MF6INS--Insurance - Download All Files (138 KB)
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DS39:  Round 1: MF11SUM--Community Questionnaire Summary - Download All Files (12 KB)
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DS40:  Round 1: MF11CD1--Community Questionnaire 1 - Download All Files (110 KB)
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DS41:  Round 1: MF11CD2--Community Questionnaire 2 - Download All Files (99 KB)
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DS42:  Round 1: MF11CD3--Community Questionnaire 3 - Download All Files (88 KB)
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DS43:  Round 1: MF11CD4--Community Questionnaire 4 - Download All Files (58 KB)
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DS44:  Round 1: MF11CD5--Community Questionnaire 5 - Download All Files (46 KB)
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DS45:  Round 1: MF11CD6--Community Questionnaire 6 - Download All Files (48 KB)
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DS46:  Round 2: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (96 KB)
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DS47:  Round 2: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (400 KB)
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DS48:  Round 2: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (103 KB)
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DS49:  Round 2: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (85 KB)
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DS50:  Round 2: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (625 KB)
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DS51:  Round 2: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (53 KB)
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DS52:  Round 2: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (92 KB)
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DS53:  Round 2: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (312 KB)
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DS54:  Round 2: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (215 KB)
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DS55:  Round 2: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (53 KB)
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DS56:  Round 2: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (153 KB)
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DS57:  Round 2: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (464 KB)
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DS58:  Round 2: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities - Download All Files (264 KB)
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DS59:  Round 2: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (89 KB)
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DS60:  Round 2: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (152 KB)
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DS61:  Round 2: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (58 KB)
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DS62:  Round 2: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (122 KB)
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DS63:  Round 2: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (176 KB)
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DS64:  Round 2: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (107 KB)
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DS65:  Round 2: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (86 KB)
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DS66:  Round 2: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (84 KB)
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DS67:  Round 2: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (106 KB)
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DS68:  Round 2: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (42 KB)
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DS69:  Round 2: MF6SMAL2--Small Animals - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS70:  Round 2: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (35 KB)
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DS71:  Round 2: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (74 KB)
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DS72:  Round 2: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (71 KB)
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DS73:  Round 2: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (67 KB)
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DS74:  Round 2: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (58 KB)
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DS75:  Round 2: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (27 KB)
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DS76:  Round 2: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (29 KB)
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DS77:  Round 2: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (51 KB)
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DS78:  Round 2: MF6EXP--Extraordinary Expenses - Download All Files (134 KB)
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DS79:  Round 2: MF7SUM--Female Attitudes and Expectations Summary - Download All Files (104 KB)
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DS80:  Round 2: MF7SUPP--Means of Support (Female) - Download All Files (135 KB)
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DS81:  Round 2: MF7ACT--Children's Activities and Help (Female) - Download All Files (276 KB)
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DS82:  Round 2: MF7MEM--Household Members (Female) - Download All Files (103 KB)
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DS83:  Round 2: MF7PAREN--Helping Parents (Female) - Download All Files (102 KB)
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DS84:  Round 2: MF7SIZE--Attitudes (Female) - Download All Files (176 KB)
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DS85:  Round 2: MF7MED--Medical Help (Female) - Download All Files (90 KB)
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DS86:  Round 2: MF8SUM--Male Attitudes and Expectations Summary - Download All Files (99 KB)
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DS87:  Round 2: MF8SUPP--Means of Support (Male) - Download All Files (123 KB)
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DS88:  Round 2: MF8MEM--Household Members (Male) - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS89:  Round 2: MF8PAREN--Helping Parents (Male) - Download All Files (91 KB)
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DS90:  Round 2: MF8SIZE--Attitudes (Male) - Download All Files (106 KB)
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DS91:  Round 2: MF8MED--Medical Help (Male) - Download All Files (81 KB)
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DS92:  Round 2: Infant Feeding/Amenorrhea Update Data - Download All Files (34 KB)
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DS93:  Round 2: Female Recall Test Data - Download All Files (52 KB)
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DS94:  Round 2: Male Recall Test Data - Download All Files (48 KB)
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DS95:  Round 3: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (94 KB)
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DS96:  Round 3: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (395 KB)
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DS97:  Round 3: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (101 KB)
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DS98:  Round 3: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (83 KB)
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DS99:  Round 3: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (704 KB)
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DS100:  Round 3: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (52 KB)
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DS101:  Round 3: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (93 KB)
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DS102:  Round 3: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (354 KB)
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DS103:  Round 3: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (272 KB)
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DS104:  Round 3: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (52 KB)
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DS105:  Round 3: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (150 KB)
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DS106:  Round 3: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (442 KB)
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DS107:  Round 3: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Female) - Download All Files (260 KB)
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DS108:  Round 3: MF4WORK--Ever-Married Women and Spouse Working Hours - Download All Files (39 KB)
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DS109:  Round 3: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (87 KB)
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DS110:  Round 3: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (150 KB)
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DS111:  Round 3: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (57 KB)
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DS112:  Round 3: MF5BUSY--Busy Times - Download All Files (51 KB)
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DS113:  Round 3: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (120 KB)
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DS114:  Round 3: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (176 KB)
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DS115:  Round 3: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (106 KB)
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DS116:  Round 3: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (86 KB)
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DS117:  Round 3: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (83 KB)
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DS118:  Round 3: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (106 KB)
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DS119:  Round 3: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (42 KB)
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DS120:  Round 3: MF6SMAL2--Small Animals - Download All Files (93 KB)
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DS121:  Round 3: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (35 KB)
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DS122:  Round 3: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (72 KB)
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DS123:  Round 3: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (68 KB)
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DS124:  Round 3: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (68 KB)
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DS125:  Round 3: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (58 KB)
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DS126:  Round 3: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (27 KB)
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DS127:  Round 3: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (27 KB)
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DS128:  Round 3: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (50 KB)
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DS129:  Round 3: MF6EXP--Extraordinary Expenses - Download All Files (132 KB)
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DS130:  Round 3: MF9SUM--Networks of Support Summary - Download All Files (93 KB)
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DS131:  Round 3: MF9OUT--Transfers Out - Download All Files (151 KB)
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DS132:  Round 3: MF9IN--Transfers In - Download All Files (106 KB)
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DS133:  Round 3: MF9HELP--Children's Help - Download All Files (109 KB)
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DS134:  Round 3: MF9SCHOO--Schooling Expenditures - Download All Files (25 KB)
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DS135:  Round 3: MF10SUM--Male Migration Summary - Download All Files (92 KB)
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DS136:  Round 3: MF10MIG1--Migration Card 1 - Download All Files (262 KB)
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DS137:  Round 3: Repunched MF10 Data - Download All Files (99 KB)
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DS138:  Round 3: MF10REV--Revised MF10 Data - Download All Files (76 KB)
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DS139:  Round 3: MF10MIG2--Migration Card 2 - Download All Files (55 KB)
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DS140:  Round 3: MF10MON--Sending/Receiving Money - Download All Files (27 KB)
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DS141:  Round 3: Infant Feeding/Amenorrhea Update Data - Download All Files (34 KB)
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DS142:  Individual-Level Data - Download All Files (49,187 KB)
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DS143:  Codebook Volume 1: "Introduction" Through "MF 6: Income and Wealth"
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DS144:  Codebook Volume 2: "MF7: Female Attitudes and Expectations" Through "Appendix K"
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DS145:  Codebook Volume 3: "Individual Level Data" and "Documentation of Subfiles"
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DS146:  Data Collection Instruments and Interview Instructions
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DS147:  Descriptions of Sample Communities
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DS148:  Summary Report and Technical Report
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Study Description

Citation

Butz, William, and Julie DaVanzo. First Malaysian Family Life Survey, 1976-1977. ICPSR06170-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06170.v2

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Agency for International Development (PHA-1057)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   birth expectations, communities, employment, families, family life, family size, family structure, fertility, health, households, income, marriage, population migration, social networks

Geographic Coverage:   Malaysia, Global

Date of Collection:  

  • 1981

Universe:   Ever-married women aged 50 or younger and their current spouses living in Peninsular Malaysia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This data collection was created by the principal investigators to replace their hierarchical version, which is not distributed by ICPSR. This multifile version also contains four files not included in the hierarchical version: Parts 93 and 94, Female and Male Recall Test Data, and Parts 92 and 141, Infant Feeding/Amenorrhea Update Data. In addition, Part 136, Round 3: MF10MIG1--Male Migration Card 1, Part 137, Round 3: Repunched MF10 Data, and Part 138, Round 3: MF10REV--Revised MF10 Data, contain updated data not in the hierarchical version. (2) This data collection can be combined with SECOND MALAYSIAN FAMILY LIFE SURVEY: 1988 INTERVIEWS (ICPSR 9805) to provide a retrospective history of the respondents from the 1940s to 1988. (3) At the request of the principal investigators, it should be noted that variables V1416R3, V1417R3, V1418R3, and V1419R3 in Part 142, Individual-Level Data, are not reliable and should be ignored.

Methodology

Sample:   The sample consisted of 1,262 households in 52 areas in Peninsular Malaysia containing an ever-married woman (one who had been married at least once) aged 50 or younger. Forty-nine of the areas were selected by area probability methods and three were purposively selected to give additional representation to Indian families and to families living in fishing communities.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 1998-12-23 The data have been reformatted by ICPSR and the parts have been reordered. Also, value labels were added to the SAS and SPSS data definition statements, and the documentation has been converted to PDF.

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