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IDEALPOSTPT2 (IDEALPOSTPT2)
Ideal period for post-partum abstinence (months and years only)

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Description

IDEALPOSTPT2 reports what the woman thinks is the ideal duration for a couple to wait before starting sexual relations after the birth of a child. Responses are given in month or year units; the complementary variable IDEALPOSTPT preserves the detailed responses given in days for a minority of samples.

Comparability

Apart from universe changes over time (see below), IDEALPOSTPT2 is largely comparable across samples.

The vast majority of responses reported in years covered a span of five years or less. Some higher year responses may derive from data entry errors, and researchers may wish to impose an earlier cut-off period (e.g., 5 years or more) or to drop cases with exceptionally long durations reported.

Comparability - Standard DHS

IDEALPOSTPT (V608), the basis for IDEALPOSTPT2, is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phases I and II. In Phase I, the base universe included only currently married women, while in Phase II, the base universe expanded to include all interviewed women.

Universe

  • Burkina Faso 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Burundi 1987: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Cameroon 1991: Women age 15-49 who are not sterilized and whose partner is not sterilized.
  • Cote d'Ivoire 1994: All women age 15-49.
  • Ghana 1988: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Ghana 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • India 1992: Ever-married women age 13-49.
  • Kenya 1989: Currently-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: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Namibia 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Niger 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 1990: All women age 15-49.
  • Pakistan 1991: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Rwanda 1992: Women age 15-49 who are not sterilized and whose partner is not sterilized.
  • Senegal 1986: Currently-married women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1992: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 1991: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 1988: Currently-married 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
  • Cameroon: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 1994-W, 1994-C, 1994-B
  • Ghana: 1988-W, 1988-C, 1988-B, 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B
  • India: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Kenya: 1989-W, 1989-C, 1989-B, 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
  • Namibia: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Niger: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Nigeria: 1990-W, 1990-C, 1990-B
  • Pakistan: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B
  • Rwanda: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B
  • Senegal: 1986-B, 1986-W, 1986-C, 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C
  • Tanzania: 1991-B, 1991-W, 1991-C
  • Uganda: 1988-B, 1988-W, 1988-C
  • Zambia: 1992-B, 1992-W, 1992-C