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.
Short Measure Multi-Country
1. Does your (husband/partner) have other wives or does he live with other women as if married?
2. Including yourself, in total, how many wives or live-in partners does he have?
Total number of wives and live-in partners (2-digit numeric)
3. Are you the first, second,…wife?
Rank (2-digit numeric)
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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