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PARTNERSEX reports the sex of the woman's partner (spouse, live-in partner, regular boyfriend/partner, or fiancé).


PARTNERSEX has no comparability problems. Most other DHS samples have implicitly assumed that the "partner" or "spouse" of a female respondent is necessarily male.

Comparability - Standard DHS

PARTNERSEX is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • South Africa 2016: Women age 15-49 who are currently married or living with a partner or who have a regular boyfriend, partner, or fiance.
  • South Africa: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-W