India Human Development Survey- II Women's Questionnaire: Marital History - Choice of Spouse

This measure uses 13 self-reported items from the second round of the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) Women's Questionnaire. IHDS is a nationally representative, multi-dimensional survey conducted across India. This measure captures information about women’s marital history with regard to the choice of spouse. 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 at https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/web/pages/DSDR/idhs-II-data-guide.html

ITEMS:

1. How long had you known your husband before you married him?

Response Options:
On wedding / gauna day only - 1
Less than one month - 2
More than one month but less than one year - 3
More than one year - 4
Since childhood - 5

2. Who chose your husband?

Response Options:
Respondent herself - 1
Respondent and parents / Other relatives together - 2
Parents / Other relatives alone - 3
Others - 4

3. Did you have any say in choosing him?

Response Options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

4. Before the marriage was fixed, did you get a chance to? Check all that apply:

  • Meet him
  • Talk to him on phone
  • See his photograph
  • Send e-mail/internet chat

Response Options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

5. Did you grow up in the same village / town as your husband?
6. Is your husband's family the same caste as your natal family?

Response Options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

7. When you and your husband usually started living together, did you …

Response Options:
Live with his parents (family) - 1
Live with your parents (family) - 2
Live alone - 3

8. How many years did you stay with parents-in-law before moving to a new place?

Response Options:
________ [Years]
Until they died - 90
Still living together - 91

9. At that time, how long did it take you to go to your natal home? [ONE WAY]

Response Options:
________ [in hours]
Hours less than 1 - 1

10. Are any women from your natal family married into this family? If so, what is the relationship?

Response Options:
None - 0
Sister - 1
Aunt - 2
Both - 3
Others - 4

11. Are any women from your natal family married into this village / town? If so what is the relationship?

Response Options:
None - 0
Sister - 1
Aunt - 2
Both - 3
Others - 4

12. ASK ONLY IF THE PRACTICE IS PERMITTED: Are you related to your husband by blood? If so, what is the relationship?

Response Options:
No relation - 0
Uncle - 1
Cousin - 2
Others - 3
Not permitted - 9

13. At the time of your marriage, if you compared the economic status of your natal family with your husband's family, would you say your natal family was …

Response Options:
Same - 1
Natal better off - 2
Natal worse off - 3

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

India

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Not Applicable

PRIMARY CITATION:

Desai, S., & Vanneman, R. (2015). India Human Development Survey-II (IHDS-II). Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. https://doi. org/10.3886/ICPSR36151. v6.

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

NO
Total Score: 0.00/10 Points (NO DATA) 

Citation Frequency

No

KEY

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 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

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