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Title: Chitwan Valley [Nepal] Family Study: Changing Social Contexts and Family Formation      
The study was designed to investigate the influence of changing social contexts on family formation behaviors, marriage, childbearing, and contraceptive use. The research investigates the extent to which changes in the community produce changes in family formation behavior, and whether the family organization of individual life courses produces these changes in behavior. The study used a combination of ethnographic and survey research methods to gather 171 neighborhood histories, 142 school histori es, 118 health service histories, 20 bus route histories, household farming practices, family planning histories, and household composition in Western Chitwan, Nepal. Personal histories were gathered from the 5,271 individuals ages 15-59 years living in these neighborhoods using a semi-structured Life History Calendar and a highly structured survey questionnaire. The sample neighborhoods for this study were chosen to represent the five major ethnic groups inhabiting the area: high caste Hindus, hill Tibeto-Burmese (such as Gurung, Tamang, and Magar), indigenous terai Tibeto-Burmese (such as Tharu, Darai, and Kumal), Newar, and other caste Hindus. Neighborhood history calendars measured the neighborhood's distance, in terms of minutes walking, to a variety of organizations and services. Schools were defined as places of instruction for children of any age or grade. Health clinics were defined as any places of care and healing, such as doctors' offices, hospitals, and health posts. Employers were any places that employed 10 or more people for pay. Cinemas were movie theaters or halls where movies were shown. Bus stops were any places where people could obtain a ride for pay on a vehicle. This particular study spanned 1997-2002. These data were combined with data from the Chitwan Valley Family Study 1996-1997, and the Household Agriculture and Consumption Survey 1996. ** IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STATA USERS ** The Stata files for datasets 7, 15, 16, 18, and 32 were produced in Stata 13. Users of earlier versions of Stata will not be able to read them. There are a few options for users of Stata 12 or earlier to work around the compatibility issue: - Upgrade to Stata 13 - Find a computer with Stata 13 and use the 'saveold' command to create a Version 12 file - Use the latest version of a file conversion utility, such as Stat/Transfer (older versions cannot read Stata 13 files)
Axinn, William G.; Thornton, Arland; Barber, Jennifer S.; Murphy, Susan A.; Ghimire, Dirgha; Fricke, Thomas; Matthews, Stephen; Dangol, Dharma; Pearce, Lisa; Biddlecom, Ann; Shrehtha, Sundar; Massey, Douglas, 2015, "Chitwan Valley [Nepal] Family Study: Changing Social Contexts and Family Formation",
Axinn, William G.
Thornton, Arland
Barber, Jennifer S.
Murphy, Susan A.
Ghimire, Dirgha
Fricke, Thomas
Matthews, Stephen
Dangol, Dharma
Pearce, Lisa
Biddlecom, Ann
Shrehtha, Sundar
Massey, Douglas
Harvard University
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