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Italy World Fertility Survey 1979


General Info
Italy (ITA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
05/1979 - 12/1979
Series or system 
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The purpose of the survey was to provide data on fertility by interviewing currently or formally married women ages 18 to 44 and their husbands on pregnancy history, family planning, and contraception.

A three stage sample was developed for the sampling design, with 236 units drawn from the first stage and 1,473 units from the second stage. 5,499 women and 845 men participated in the interview. 

This is part of a fertility survey series conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. The series covers contraceptives, reproductive health, breastfeeding, and complete birth histories. The report for this survey may be available through library systems.