Spousal Communication

Spousal Communication is a 5-item measure used to assess past, recent and intended spousal communication on matters of family planning and number of children desired.

Short Measure

ITEMS:

1.Have you and your spouse ever discussed the number of children you would like to have?

Response Options:
Yes – 1
No – 0

2.How often have you talked to your spouse about this subject in the last 12 months?

Response Options:
Never – 0
Once or twice – 1
More often – 1

3.Do you think your spouse wants the same number of children that you want, or does he/she want more or fewer than you want?

Response Options:
Same number – 1
More children – 0
Fewer children – 0
Don’t know – 0

4.Do you intend on talking to your spouse about contraception?

Response Options:
Yes – 1
No – 0
Don’t know – 0

5.Do you think your spouse approves or disapproves of couples using a method to avoid pregnancy ?

Response Options:
Approves – 1
Disapproves – 0
Don’t know – 0

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

Nepal

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

The scores for the five items are added together, and the sum divided by five to obtain the index value. Total scores possible range from 0 to 1.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Sharan, M., & Valente, T. W. (2002). Spousal communication and family planning adoption: Effects of a radio drama serial in Nepal. International Family Planning Perspectives, 28(1), 16-25. https://doi.org/10.2307/3088271

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

MEDIUM
Total Score: 3.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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