Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Use of Contraception

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Use of Contraception includes 8 items from the Women's Questionnaire measuring individual use of and ability to access contraception. Different aspects captured include resources for obtaining contraception, reasons for not using contraception, and decision making power regarding contraceptive use. 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.

Multi-Country

ITEMS:

 1. The last time you had sexual intercourse with this person, was a condom used?

Response Options:
Yes
No

 2. From where did you obtain the condom last time?

(Probe to identify type of source. If unable to determine if public, private, or NGO sector, write the name of the place.)

Response Options:
Under Public Sector:
Government hospital
Government health center
Family planning clinic
Mobile clinic
Community Health Worker/Fieldworker
Other public sector (Additionally, specify in text)
Under Private Medical Sector: Private hospital Private clinic Pharmacy Private Doctor Mobile clinic Community health worker/Fieldworker Other private medical sector (Additionally, specify in text)
Under NGO Medical Sector
NGO Hospital
NGO Clinic
Other NGO Medical Sector (Additionally, specify in text)
Other Source:
Shop
Church
Friend/relative
Other (Additionally, specify in text)
Don’t know

 3. You have said that you do not want (a/another) child soon. Can you tell me why you are not using a method to prevent pregnancy? Any other reason? OR
You have said that you do not want any (more) children. Can you tell me why you are not using a method to prevent pregnancy? Any other reason?
Record all reasons mentioned.

Response Options:
Not married
Under Fertility-related Reasons: Not having sex
Infrequent sex
Menopausal/hysterectomy
Can’t get pregnant
Not menstruated since last birth
Breastfeeding
Up to god/fatalistic
Under Opposition to Use:
Respondent opposed
Husband/partner opposed
Others opposed
Religious prohibition
Under Lack of Knowledge:
Knows no method
Knows no source
Under Method-related Reasons:
Inconvenient to use
Changes in menstrual bleeding
Methods could cause infertility
Interferes with body’s normal processes
Other side effects
Under Cost/Access/Availability
Lack of access/too far
Costs too much
Preferred method not available
No method available
Other (Additionally, specify in text)
Don’t know

 4. Do you think you will use contraceptive method to delay or avoid pregnancy at any time in the future?

Response Options:
Yes
No
Don’t know

 5. When making this decision with your (husband/partner), would you say that your opinion is more important, equally important, or less important than your (husband’s/partner’s) opinion?

Response Options:
More important
Equally important Less important

 6. Who usually makes the decision on whether or not you should use contraception, you, your (husband/partner), you and your (husband/partner) jointly, or someone else?

Response Options:
Respondent
Husband/partner
Respondent and Husband/partner jointly
Someone else
Other (Additionally, specify in text)

 7. Could you ask your (husband/partner) to use a condom if you wanted him to?

Response Options:
Yes
No
Depends/Not sure

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

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Not Applicable

PRIMARY CITATION:

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

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

NO
Total Score: 0.00/10 Points (NO DATA) 

Citation Frequency

No

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

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