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Number of husband's other wives at time of marriage

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COWIFEATMARNO reports the number of other wives the woman's husband had at the start of their marriage/union.

The related variable COWIFEATMARYN indicates whether the woman's husband had any other wives at the start of their marriage/union.

IPUMS-DHS users may also be interested in WIFENUM, a standard variable reporting how many other wives the respondent's husband currently has.

Comparability — Index



In addition to universe differences, COWIFEATMARNO varies in question wording across samples. IPUMS-DHS users are encouraged to review the Survey Text tab for samples of interest.

Comparability - Standard DHS

COWIFEATMARNO is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Kenya [top]

In the 1989 Kenya survey, COWIFEATMARNO refers to the respondent's firstmarriage or union.

Comparability — Mali [top]

In the 1987 Mali survey, COWIFEATMARNO refers to the respondent's current marriage.


  • Kenya 1989: Ever-married women age 15-49 whose husband had other living wives at the time of their marriage.
  • Mali 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49 whose husbands do not have other wives or who don't know their own wife rank number.
  • Kenya: 1989-W, 1989-C, 1989-B
  • Mali: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B