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


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







Scoring Procedures:

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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.

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