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

Principal Investigator(s): Butz, William; DaVanzo, Julie

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

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  • These data are available to the general public.

Dataset(s)

DS1:  Round 1: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (0.098 MB)
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DS2:  Round 1: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS3:  Round 1: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (0.105 MB)
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DS4:  Round 1: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (0.087 MB)
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DS5:  Round 1: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (0.543 MB)
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DS6:  Round 1: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (0.054 MB)
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DS7:  Round 1: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS8:  Round 1: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (0.291 MB)
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DS9:  Round 1: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (0.195 MB)
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DS10:  Round 1: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (0.055 MB)
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DS11:  Round 1: MF2EMP--Employment (Female) - Download All Files (0.379 MB)
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DS12:  Round 1: MF3SUM--Male Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (0.093 MB)
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DS13:  Round 1: MF3ED--Education/Training/Marriage - Download All Files (0.096 MB)
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DS14:  Round 1: MF3EMP--Employment (Male) - Download All Files (0.605 MB)
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DS15:  Round 1: MF3PROP--Property and Gifts - Download All Files (0.14 MB)
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DS16:  Round 1: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.156 MB)
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DS17:  Round 1: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (0.453 MB)
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DS18:  Round 1: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Female) - Download All Files (0.276 MB)
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DS19:  Round 1: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS20:  Round 1: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.158 MB)
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DS21:  Round 1: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.061 MB)
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DS22:  Round 1: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (0.125 MB)
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DS23:  Round 1: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (0.179 MB)
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DS24:  Round 1: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (0.115 MB)
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DS25:  Round 1: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (0.092 MB)
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DS26:  Round 1: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS27:  Round 1: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (0.104 MB)
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DS28:  Round 1: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (0.042 MB)
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DS29:  Round 1: MF6SMAL1--Small Animals - Download All Files (0.089 MB)
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DS30:  Round 1: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (0.035 MB)
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DS31:  Round 1: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (0.072 MB)
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DS32:  Round 1: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (0.068 MB)
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DS33:  Round 1: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (0.066 MB)
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DS34:  Round 1: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (0.058 MB)
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DS35:  Round 1: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (0.027 MB)
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DS36:  Round 1: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (0.034 MB)
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DS37:  Round 1: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (0.054 MB)
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DS38:  Round 1: MF6INS--Insurance - Download All Files (0.138 MB)
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DS39:  Round 1: MF11SUM--Community Questionnaire Summary - Download All Files (0.012 MB)
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DS40:  Round 1: MF11CD1--Community Questionnaire 1 - Download All Files (0.11 MB)
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DS41:  Round 1: MF11CD2--Community Questionnaire 2 - Download All Files (0.099 MB)
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DS42:  Round 1: MF11CD3--Community Questionnaire 3 - Download All Files (0.088 MB)
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DS43:  Round 1: MF11CD4--Community Questionnaire 4 - Download All Files (0.058 MB)
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DS44:  Round 1: MF11CD5--Community Questionnaire 5 - Download All Files (0.046 MB)
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DS45:  Round 1: MF11CD6--Community Questionnaire 6 - Download All Files (0.048 MB)
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DS46:  Round 2: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (0.096 MB)
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DS47:  Round 2: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS48:  Round 2: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (0.103 MB)
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DS49:  Round 2: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (0.085 MB)
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DS50:  Round 2: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (0.625 MB)
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DS51:  Round 2: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (0.053 MB)
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DS52:  Round 2: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (0.092 MB)
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DS53:  Round 2: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (0.312 MB)
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DS54:  Round 2: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (0.215 MB)
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DS55:  Round 2: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (0.053 MB)
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DS56:  Round 2: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.153 MB)
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DS57:  Round 2: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (0.464 MB)
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DS58:  Round 2: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities - Download All Files (0.264 MB)
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DS59:  Round 2: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.089 MB)
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DS60:  Round 2: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.152 MB)
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DS61:  Round 2: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.058 MB)
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DS62:  Round 2: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (0.122 MB)
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DS63:  Round 2: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (0.176 MB)
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DS64:  Round 2: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (0.107 MB)
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DS65:  Round 2: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (0.086 MB)
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DS66:  Round 2: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (0.084 MB)
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DS67:  Round 2: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (0.106 MB)
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DS68:  Round 2: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (0.042 MB)
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DS69:  Round 2: MF6SMAL2--Small Animals - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS70:  Round 2: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (0.035 MB)
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DS71:  Round 2: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (0.074 MB)
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DS72:  Round 2: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (0.071 MB)
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DS73:  Round 2: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (0.067 MB)
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DS74:  Round 2: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (0.058 MB)
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DS75:  Round 2: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (0.027 MB)
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DS76:  Round 2: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (0.029 MB)
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DS77:  Round 2: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (0.051 MB)
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DS78:  Round 2: MF6EXP--Extraordinary Expenses - Download All Files (0.134 MB)
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DS79:  Round 2: MF7SUM--Female Attitudes and Expectations Summary - Download All Files (0.104 MB)
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DS80:  Round 2: MF7SUPP--Means of Support (Female) - Download All Files (0.135 MB)
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DS81:  Round 2: MF7ACT--Children's Activities and Help (Female) - Download All Files (0.276 MB)
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DS82:  Round 2: MF7MEM--Household Members (Female) - Download All Files (0.103 MB)
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DS83:  Round 2: MF7PAREN--Helping Parents (Female) - Download All Files (0.102 MB)
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DS84:  Round 2: MF7SIZE--Attitudes (Female) - Download All Files (0.176 MB)
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DS85:  Round 2: MF7MED--Medical Help (Female) - Download All Files (0.09 MB)
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DS86:  Round 2: MF8SUM--Male Attitudes and Expectations Summary - Download All Files (0.099 MB)
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DS87:  Round 2: MF8SUPP--Means of Support (Male) - Download All Files (0.123 MB)
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DS88:  Round 2: MF8MEM--Household Members (Male) - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS89:  Round 2: MF8PAREN--Helping Parents (Male) - Download All Files (0.091 MB)
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DS90:  Round 2: MF8SIZE--Attitudes (Male) - Download All Files (0.106 MB)
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DS91:  Round 2: MF8MED--Medical Help (Male) - Download All Files (0.081 MB)
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DS92:  Round 2: Infant Feeding/Amenorrhea Update Data - Download All Files (0.034 MB)
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DS93:  Round 2: Female Recall Test Data - Download All Files (0.052 MB)
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DS94:  Round 2: Male Recall Test Data - Download All Files (0.048 MB)
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DS95:  Round 3: MF1SUM--Household Roster Summary - Download All Files (0.094 MB)
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DS96:  Round 3: MF1ROST--Household Roster - Download All Files (0.395 MB)
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DS97:  Round 3: MF2SUM--Female Retrospective Summary - Download All Files (0.101 MB)
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DS98:  Round 3: MF2MAR1--First Marriage Date Card - Download All Files (0.083 MB)
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DS99:  Round 3: MF2PREG--Pregnancy - Download All Files (0.704 MB)
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DS100:  Round 3: MF2CURDT--Current Date - Download All Files (0.052 MB)
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DS101:  Round 3: MF2MARR--Marriage - Download All Files (0.093 MB)
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DS102:  Round 3: MF2MIG--Migration/Housing - Download All Files (0.354 MB)
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DS103:  Round 3: MF2CARE--Child Care - Download All Files (0.272 MB)
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DS104:  Round 3: MF2ED--Education/Training - Download All Files (0.052 MB)
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DS105:  Round 3: MF4SUM--Female Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.15 MB)
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DS106:  Round 3: MF4ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Female) - Download All Files (0.442 MB)
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DS107:  Round 3: MF4PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Female) - Download All Files (0.26 MB)
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DS108:  Round 3: MF4WORK--Ever-Married Women and Spouse Working Hours - Download All Files (0.039 MB)
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DS109:  Round 3: MF5SUM--Male Time Budget Summary - Download All Files (0.087 MB)
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DS110:  Round 3: MF5ACT4--Past 4 Months Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.15 MB)
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DS111:  Round 3: MF5PRE--Pre-Listed Activities (Male) - Download All Files (0.057 MB)
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DS112:  Round 3: MF5BUSY--Busy Times - Download All Files (0.051 MB)
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DS113:  Round 3: MF6SUM--Income and Wealth Summary - Download All Files (0.12 MB)
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DS114:  Round 3: MF6POSS--Possessions - Download All Files (0.176 MB)
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DS115:  Round 3: MF6CROP1--Crop Card 1 - Download All Files (0.106 MB)
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DS116:  Round 3: MF6CROP2--Crop Card 2 - Download All Files (0.086 MB)
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DS117:  Round 3: MF6CROP3--Crop Card 3 - Download All Files (0.083 MB)
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DS118:  Round 3: MF6FARM--Basic Farm Card - Download All Files (0.106 MB)
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DS119:  Round 3: MF6LARGE--Large Animals - Download All Files (0.042 MB)
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DS120:  Round 3: MF6SMAL2--Small Animals - Download All Files (0.093 MB)
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DS121:  Round 3: MF6PROD--Animal Produce - Download All Files (0.035 MB)
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DS122:  Round 3: MF6BUS1--Non-Farm Business Card 1 - Download All Files (0.072 MB)
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DS123:  Round 3: MF6BUS2--Non-Farm Business Card 2 - Download All Files (0.068 MB)
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DS124:  Round 3: MF6LAND1--Land and Buildings 1 - Download All Files (0.068 MB)
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DS125:  Round 3: MF6LAND2--Land and Buildings 2 - Download All Files (0.058 MB)
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DS126:  Round 3: MF6LAND3--Land and Buildings 3 - Download All Files (0.027 MB)
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DS127:  Round 3: MF6RENT--Rentals/Gifts/Payments/Returns - Download All Files (0.027 MB)
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DS128:  Round 3: MF6BORR--Borrowings and Loans - Download All Files (0.05 MB)
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DS129:  Round 3: MF6EXP--Extraordinary Expenses - Download All Files (0.132 MB)
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DS130:  Round 3: MF9SUM--Networks of Support Summary - Download All Files (0.093 MB)
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DS131:  Round 3: MF9OUT--Transfers Out - Download All Files (0.151 MB)
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DS132:  Round 3: MF9IN--Transfers In - Download All Files (0.106 MB)
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DS133:  Round 3: MF9HELP--Children's Help - Download All Files (0.109 MB)
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DS134:  Round 3: MF9SCHOO--Schooling Expenditures - Download All Files (0.025 MB)
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DS135:  Round 3: MF10SUM--Male Migration Summary - Download All Files (0.092 MB)
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DS136:  Round 3: MF10MIG1--Migration Card 1 - Download All Files (0.262 MB)
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DS137:  Round 3: Repunched MF10 Data - Download All Files (0.099 MB)
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DS138:  Round 3: MF10REV--Revised MF10 Data - Download All Files (0.076 MB)
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DS139:  Round 3: MF10MIG2--Migration Card 2 - Download All Files (0.055 MB)
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DS140:  Round 3: MF10MON--Sending/Receiving Money - Download All Files (0.027 MB)
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DS141:  Round 3: Infant Feeding/Amenorrhea Update Data - Download All Files (0.034 MB)
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DS142:  Individual-Level Data - Download All Files (49.187 MB)
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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. http://doi.org/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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