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Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Number of Wives in the Household

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Number of Wives in the Household includes 3 items from the Women's Questionnaire to assess whether the respondent is the sole wife in the household or if her husband has multiple wives. Items include the the total number of wives or live-in partners, and the order of the wives. 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 here.

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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

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

 1. Does your (husbandpartner) have other wives or does he live with other women as if married?

Response Options:
Yes
No
Don’t know

 2. Including yourself, in total, how many wives or live-in partners does he have?

Response Options:
Total number of wives and live-in partners (2-digit numeric)
Don’t know

 3. Are you the first, second,…wife?

Response Options:
Rank (2-digit numeric)
Don’t know

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Original Citation

Demographic and Health Surveys (2019). Demographic and Health Surveys: Women's Questionnaire. https://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-DHSQ8-DHS-Questionnaires-and-Manuals.cfm

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