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Final say on number of children to have

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DECFAMSIZE reports who in the woman's household usually makes decisions regarding how many children to have.

Comparability — Index



Along with universe differences and differences in question wording (described below), DECFAMSIZE varies across samples in response categories. For example, while some samples include a category for joint decision-making by the female respondent and her partner, others require selecting just one person as having the greatest say in this decision.

Comparability - Standard DHS

DECFAMSIZE is a country-specific variable not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Egypt [top]

The 1992 Egypt survey asks about who has "the most influence in deciding whether or not to have another [child]."

Comparability — Zambia [top]

The 2001 Zambia survey asks about who has the final say on "deciding how many children to have and when."

Comparability — Zimbabwe [top]

The 1994 Zimbabwe survey initially asked the open-ended question, "Who decides how many children you will have?" The survey then asked the follow-up question, "Who has the greatest say in deciding how many children to have?" DECFAMSIZE reports the results of the second, follow-up question. As a result of the question format, "Woman and husband/partner" was not an available response.


  • Egypt 1992: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Zimbabwe 1994: All women age 15-49.
  • Egypt: 1992-W, 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Zambia: 2001-W, 2001-C, 2001-B
  • Zimbabwe: 1994-W, 1994-W, 1994-C, 1994-B