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IDEALBTHINT (V615)
Best interval between births

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Description

IDEALBTHINT (V615) reports the best number of months or years between the birth of one child and the birth of the next child, according to the respondent.

IPUMS-DHS adopts the recoding system from DHS for IDEALBTHINT. Below is a description of the codes from the DHS Recode Manual for Phase 2:

The first digit gives the units in which the respondent answered ("1" indicates months, "2" indicates years, and "9" indicates a special response), while the last two digits give the time in those units. If the units' value is 9 then the variable contains a special response, and if the duration value is greater than 90 this also indicates a special response. For example, code 996 is used for "other" answers, and code 299 would mean that the response was given in years but the actual duration was missing on the questionnaire.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Burundi
Jordan
Mali
Senegal

Comparability

Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, IDEALBTHINT (V615) is largely comparable across samples. Most commonly, respondents were asked to report length of time in months or years. Exceptions are noted below.

Comparability - Standard DHS

IDEALBTHINT (V615) is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phase II.

Comparability — Burundi [top]

For the 1987 Burundi survey, respondents were asked to report the length of time in months only. This restriction in unit of time may affect the comparability of Burundi 1987 to other samples.

Comparability — Jordan [top]

For the 2012 and 2017 Jordan surveys, respondents were asked to report the length of time in months only. This restriction in unit of time may affect the comparability of Jordan 2012 and 2017 to other samples.

Comparability — Mali [top]

For the 1987 Mali survey, respondents were asked to report the length of time in months only. This restriction in unit of time may affect the comparability of Mali 1987 to other samples.

Comparability — Senegal [top]

For the 1986 Senegal survey, respondents were asked to report the length of time in months only. This restriction in unit of time may affect the comparability of Senegal 1986 to other samples.

Universe

  • Burkina Faso 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Burundi 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Cote d'Ivoire 1994: All women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 1992: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2005: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Egypt 2008: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Ghana 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • India 1992: Ever-married women age 13-49.
  • Jordan 2012: Ever-married women age 15-49 who gave a numeric response of at least one birth as the ideal number of births.
  • Jordan 2017: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Kenya 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Madagascar 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Malawi 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 1987: All women age 15-49.
  • Morocco 1992: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Namibia 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Niger 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1986: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1997: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 1991: All women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso: 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • Burundi: 1987-C, 1987-B, 1987-W
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 1994-W, 1994-C, 1994-B
  • Egypt: 1992-W, 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B, 2005-W, 2005-W, 2005-C, 2005-B, 2008-W, 2008-W, 2008-C, 2008-B
  • Ghana: 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • India: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Jordan: 2012-W, 2012-C, 2012-B, 2012-W, 2017-W, 2017-W, 2017-C, 2017-B
  • Kenya: 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • Madagascar: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Malawi: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Mali: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B
  • Morocco: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-W, 1992-B
  • Namibia: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Niger: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Senegal: 1986-B, 1986-W, 1986-C, 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C, 1997-B, 1997-W, 1997-C
  • Tanzania: 1991-B, 1991-W, 1991-C
  • Zambia: 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C