MEASURE

Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality

Demographic and Health Surveys Phase 8: Fertility Preferences for Future

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS8) includes 5 items measuring individual Fertility Preferences. Different aspects captured include number of children desired (by woman and by her husband/partner) and preferred length of time between births. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire located here.

Short Measure Multi-Country

ITEMS:

803. Now I have some questions about the future. After the child you are expecting now, would you like to have another child, or would you prefer not to have any more children?

Response Options:
Have another child
No more
Undecided/don’t know

804. Now I have some questions about the future. Would you like to have (a/another) child, or would you prefer not to have any (more) children?

Response Options:
Have (a/another) child
No more/none
Says she can’t get pregnant
Undecided/don’t know

805.
a.) How long would you like to wait from now before the birth of (a/another) child?
b.) After the birth of the child you are expecting now, how long would you like to wait before the birth of another child?

Response Options:
Months (recorded as 2-digit numeric)
Years (recorded as 2-digit numeric)
Soon/now
Says she can’t get pregnant
After marriage
Other (Additionally, specify in text)
Don’t know

813.
a.) If you could go back to the time you did not have any children and could choose exactly the number of children to have in your whole life, how many would that be?
b.) If you could choose exactly the number of children to have in your whole life, how many would that be?

Response Options:
Record the 2-digit numeric value (e.g., 7 would be recorded as “07”). If none record “00”.
Other (Additionally, specify in text)

822. Does your (husband/partner) want the same number of children that you want, or does he want more or fewer than you want?

Response Options:
Same number
More children
Fewer children
Don’t know

PSYCHOMETRIC
SCORE

CITATION
FREQUENCY

Categories

Adolescent (10-19)
Adult (>=18)
Africa
Asia
Child (<18)
Europe
Female
Latin America

Scoring Procedures:

Not applicable.

Primary Citation: Demographic and Health Surveys. (2020). Demographic and Health Surveys Model Questionnaire Phase 8: Woman’s Questionnaire. Retrieved from https://dhsprogram.com/What-We-Do/Survey-Types/DHS-Questionnaires.cfm