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Frequency that family member(s) went to bed hungry

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FISLEEPHUNGRYFQ reports how often household member(s) went to bed hungry because there was not enough food.

Some surveys provided guidance on the meaning of the categorical response categories: Never (0 times in 4 weeks); rarely (1 or 2 times in 4 weeks); sometimes (3 or 4 times in 4 weeks); often (10 or more times in 4 weeks).

The information in FISLEEPHUNGRYFQ is taken from the household record and applies to household residents. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors (coded "2") using:

RESIDENT variable when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis;
HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis;
RESIDENTMN variable when men are the unit of analysis.

Comparability — Index



Apart from minor differences in question wording, FISLEEPHUNGRYFQ is comparable across most samples. Most samples use a reference period of the last four weeks; exceptions are noted below.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Nepal [top]

The Nepalese surveys use a reference period of the past year rather than the past month.


  • Mali 2012: All women age 15-49.
  • Nepal 2011: All women age 15-49.
  • Nepal 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Yemen 2013: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali: 2012-H, 2012-W, 2012-W, 2012-M, 2012-C, 2012-B
  • Nepal: 2011-C, 2011-B, 2011-W, 2011-M, 2011-W, 2011-H, 2016-W, 2016-H, 2016-M, 2016-B, 2016-C, 2016-W
  • Tanzania: 2015-H, 2015-W, 2015-M, 2015-B, 2015-C, 2015-W
  • Yemen: 2013-W, 2013-C, 2013-B, 2013-H, 2013-W