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Chitwan Valley Family Study, 1996: [Nepal]

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Title:Chitwan Valley Family Study, 1996: [Nepal]
Study Number:1042
Catalog Date:11/2001
Primary Investigator(s):William Axinn
Access Restrictions:There are public and restricted versions of these data. To gain access to the restricted data one must go through the principal investigator, William Axinn.
Abstract:This study was designed to investigate the relationship between social change and family formation.

The major areas of investigation are marriage, childbearing, contraceptive use, education, ethnicity, media exposure, participation in voluntary associations, labor force participation, childhood community context, arranged marriage, intergenerational exchange/support, attitudes/preferences, religion, marital quality, and social networks.

Data were gathered from a representative sample of 171 neighborhoods in the western part of the Chitwan valley in south central Nepal. The study area is surrounded by the Chitwan National Park (jungle and wildlife reserve) and Rapti River in the south, Nepal's East-West Highway in the north, by the Narayani River in the east, and by the Chitwan forest in the west.
Universe:Residents of the Western Chitwan valley in south central Nepal and their spouses. To be eligible to be sampled the respondent needed to be between 15 and 59 years of age, eating/sleeping in the selected neighborhood for three or more of the past six months (or the spouse of an eligible respondent). The sample was a stratified (close, middle, and far from the nearest town) two stage probability sample. Stage 1 was a probability sample of settlements selected probability proportionate to size using census data as a sampling frame. Stage 2 was a sample of neighborhoods (toles) drawn from detailed maps of the selected settlements. Neighborhoods (toles) were defined as clusters of approximately 5 to 15 households in close geographic proximity to one another. For neighborhoods larger than 15 households, neighborhoods were divided into smaller groups of between 5 and 15 households, which were then used as secondary sampling units. Four SSUs (secondary sampling units, neighborhoods or toels) were selected from each settlement, resulting in equal probability for selection among the neighborhoods in the valley. Every resident of the selected neighborhoods (plus spouses who did not meet eligibility criteria) were interviewed. Every household was included in the census and relationship grid. The data also include an ethnic oversample, with neighborhoods systematically chosen from among those with substantial proportions of specific ethnic groups.

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