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DVACHEAT (DVACHEAT)
Attitude to wife beating: Justified if woman commits infidelity

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Description

DVACHEAT indicates whether the woman believes a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she commits infidelity.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
India
Jordan
Malawi
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Comparability

In addition to universe differences, question wording for DVACHEAT varies across samples. See below.

Comparability – Standard DHS

DVACHEAT is not included in the standard DHS questionnaire or domestic violence module in any phase, but it is part of a series of questions about wife beating attitudes, which are included in the domestic violence module from Phase IV forward.

The Phase IV and V questionnaires word the introductory question as follows: "Sometimes a husband is annoyed or angered by things that his wife does. In your opinion, is a husband justified in hitting or beating his wife in the following situations?"

The Phase VI and VII questionnaires remove the prefacing sentence, and simply ask, "In your opinion, is a husband justified in hitting or beating his wife in the following situations?"

See the Survey Text tab for exact question wording.

Comparability — India [top]

The 1998 and 2015 India surveys word this question as, "If he suspects her of being unfaithful."

Comparability — Jordan [top]

The 2002 Jordan survey words this question as, "If she betrays him?" The 2007, 2012, and 2017 Jordan surveys word this question as, "If she has relations with another man?"

Comparability — Malawi [top]

The 2004 Malawi survey words this question as, "If she has an extramarital affair?"

Comparability — Zambia [top]

The 2001 Zambia survey words this question as, "If she goes out with another man?"

Comparability — Zimbabwe [top]

The 2010 and 2015 Zimbabwe surveys word this question as, "If she commits infidelity?"

Universe

  • India 1998: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • India 2015: Women age 15-49 in households selected for the state module.
  • Jordan 2002: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Jordan 2007: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Jordan 2012: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Jordan 2017: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Malawi 2004: All women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Zimbabwe 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Zimbabwe 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • India: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B, 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B
  • Jordan: 2002-W, 2002-C, 2002-B, 2007-W, 2007-C, 2007-B, 2012-W, 2012-C, 2012-B, 2017-W, 2017-C, 2017-B
  • Malawi: 2004-W, 2004-C, 2004-B
  • Zambia: 2001-B, 2001-W, 2001-C
  • Zimbabwe: 2010-B, 2010-W, 2010-C, 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B