The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Fertility Preferences of Born Children includes 3 items from the Women's Questionnaire measuring individual fertility Preferences. Different aspects of fertility preference captured include the respondent’s desire for children in the future and at the time they were pregnant. 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.
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
Now I would like to ask some questions about your pregnancies in the last 3 years. (We will talk about each separately, starting with the last one you had.) Responses are to be completed for the “last birth” and “next-to-last birth” child separately.
1. When you got pregnant with (NAME), did you want to get pregnant at that time?
[If pregnancy outcome was stillbirth, miscarriageabortion] When you got pregnant with the pregnancy that ended in (DATE), did you want to get pregnant at that time?
2. If only one live birth: a) Did you want to have a baby later on, or did you not want any children?
If more than one live birth: b) Did you want to have a baby later on, or did you not want any more children?
3. How much longer do you want to wait?
2-digit numeric value (_Months)
2-digit numeric value (_Years)
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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