Interspousal Agreement and Communication

Interspousal Agreement and Communication is a 5-item measure of respondent's ability and experiences of talking about family planning, chosen from the Slow Fertility Transition Project in Egypt. Items include differing opinion on fertility/number of children and spousal communication on the number of children and use of family planning.


Geographies Tested: Egypt

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


1. If respondent does not want to have any more children: Do you think he [your husband] would like to have (aanother) child or would he prefer not to have any (more) children?

Response Options:
Have a (another) child - 1
No morenone - 2
Undecided or don't know - 8

2. Have you and your husband ever had different opinions about whether you should have another (a) children?

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 2

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

Response Options:
Same number - 1
More children - 2
Fewer children - 3
The number does not matter to him - 4
Don't know - 8

4. Have you talked with your husband about having another (a) child since we visited you last time?
5. Have you ever talked with your husband about his childbearing desires?

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 2

Scoring Procedures

Not Available

Original Citation

El-Zeini, L. O. (2008). The path to replacement fertility in Egypt: Acceptance, preference, and achievement. Studies in Family Planning, 39(3), 161-176.

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Scoring breakdown

Formative Research

Qualitative Research

Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

Field Expert Input

Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing








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