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MATRESYN (MATRESYN)
HH has mattress

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Description

MATRESYN indicates whether the household has a mattress. The complementary variable MATRESNUM reports the number of mattresses owned by the household.

The related variable BED indicates whether the household has a bed.

The information in MATRESYN is taken from the household record, linked to the record of the woman respondent. This information applies to household residents, not temporary visitors, so researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2").

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Benin
India
Liberia

Comparability

Along with universe differences, MATRESYN also differs slightly in question wording, as noted below in the discussion for specific countries.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Benin [top]

The 2006 Beninese survey asked if the household owns a foam mattress.

Comparability — India [top]

The 1998 Indian survey asked if the household owns a mattress, while the 2005 Indian survey asked if the household has a mattress. The latter wording might encompass temporary access to a mattress (say, as part of a furnished rental property or on loan) as well as ownership.

Comparability — Liberia [top]

The 2007 and 2013 Liberian surveys asked if the household had a mattress not made of straw or grass.

Universe

  • Benin 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Burundi 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2019: All women age 15-49.
  • India 1998: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • India 2005: All women age 15-49.
  • India 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Liberia 2007: All women age 15-49.
  • Liberia 2013: All women age 15-49.
  • Zimbabwe 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Benin: 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-M, 2006-C, 2006-B, 2006-H
  • Burundi: 2016-W, 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-M, 2016-H
  • Ethiopia: 2019-W, 2019-C, 2019-B, 2019-H
  • India: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B, 1998-H, 2005-W, 2005-W, 2005-M, 2005-C, 2005-B, 2005-H, 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-M, 2015-H, 2015-W
  • Liberia: 2007-W, 2007-C, 2007-M, 2007-H, 2007-B, 2013-W, 2013-C, 2013-W, 2013-M, 2013-H, 2013-B
  • Zimbabwe: 2015-H, 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-M, 2015-W