Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Future Fertility Preferences

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Future Fertility Preferences includes 4 items from the Women's Questionnaire capturing number of children desired (by woman and by her husband/partner) and preferred length of time between births. 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

ITEMS:

 1. Now I have some questions about the future. Would you like to have (a/another) child, or would you prefer not to have any (more) children?

Response Options:
Have (a/another) child
No more/none
Says she can’t get pregnant
Undecided/don’t know

 2. How long would you like to wait from now before the birth of (a/another) child? OR
After the birth of the child you are expecting now, how long would you like to wait before the birth of another child?

Response Options:
2-digit numeric ( ____ Months)
2-digit numeric (
____ Years)
Soon/now
Says she can’t get pregnant
After marriage
Other (Additionally, specify in text)
Don’t know

 3. If you could go back to the time you did not have any children and could choose exactly the number of children to have in your whole life, how many would that be? OR
If you could choose exactly the number of children to have in your whole life, how many would that be?

Response Options:
2-digit numeric (_ __)
Other (Additionally, specify in text)

 4. Does your (husband/partner) want the same number of children that you want, or does he want more or fewer than you want?

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

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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