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Demographic and Health Surveys Phase 8 (DHS-8): Views on Female Genital Cutting

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Views on Female Genital Cutting includes 4 items from the Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Module to measure both male and female views on FGC. Aspects of these items include whether the respondent has heard of FGC, whether their religion requires FGC, and their views on the continuance of the practice. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed here.

Categories

Geographies Tested: Afghanistan,Angola,Burkina Faso,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Ethiopia,Ghana,Guatemala,Guinea,Kenya,Madagascar,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Nepal,Rwanda,Senegal,The Gambia,Zimbabwe

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

 1. Now I would like to ask some questions about a practice known as female circumcision*. Have you ever heard of female circumcision?
 2. In some countries, there is a practice in which a girl may have part of her genitals cut. Have you ever heard about this practice?

Response Options:
Yes
No

 3. Do you believe that female circumcision* is required by your religion?

Response Options:
Yes
No
No religion
Don’t know

 4. Do you think that female circumcision* should be continued, or should it be stopped?

Response Options:
Continued
Stopped
Depends
Don’t know

Note that in countries where FGC is widely known and widely practiced, items 1 and 2 may not be needed.

*Use local term for female circumcision.

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

Demographic and Health Surveys (2019). Demographic and Health Surveys: Female Genital Cutting Module. https://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-DHSQ8-DHS-Questionnaires-and-Manuals.cfm.

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