The Guatemalan Survey of Family Health


The Guatemalan Survey of Family Health was designed to examine the way in which rural Guatemalan families and individuals cope with childhood illness and pregnancy, and the role of ethnicity, poverty, social support, and health beliefs in this process. It is part of a larger study designed and carried out by Noreen Goldman (Princeton University) and Anne Pebley (FSPH/RAND), in collaboration with the Nutritional Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala, with funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


  • The sampling frame includes the vast majority of rural communities in four of Guatemala's 22 departments.
  • In each of these four departments the survey provides a self- weighting sample of communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.
  • While the survey is not based on a nationally representative sample, the four departments included in the study were selected to encompass a wide range of social, cultural, economic and environmental conditions in rural Guatemala.
  • Household interviews were conducted in 4,792 households and individual interviews with 2,872 women ages 18 to 35.
  • In each of the 60 sampled communities, a community survey was also carried out in which three key informants and a sample of biomedical and nonbiomedical health care providers were interviewed.
  • The survey’s fieldwork was carried out between May and October 1995.


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Anne Pebley

Department of Community Health Sciences

pebley@ucla.edu