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Primary caretaker of children under age 18

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PRIMECAREKIDLT18 (V482B) indicates whether the woman is a primary caregiver for any children under 18 who are not her own children.

The related variable PRIMECAREKID indicates whether the female respondent is a primary caregiver for any children, regardless of age or biological relationship. The related variable PRIMECAREANYLT18 indicates whether the woman is the primary caregiver for any children under 18, regardless of whether they are her own biological children or not.


Apart from universe differences, PRIMECAREKIDLT18 (V482B) has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

PRIMECAREKIDLT18 (V482B) is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phase V only.


  • Burkina Faso 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) 2007: Women age 15-49 who are self-reported caretakers of children.
  • Lesotho 2009: All women age 15-49.
  • Namibia 2006: Women age 15-49 who have at least one child age 0-17.
  • Nigeria 2008: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 2007: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso: 2010-W, 2010-W, 2010-C, 2010-B
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2007-C, 2007-B, 2007-W
  • Lesotho: 2009-W, 2009-W, 2009-C, 2009-B
  • Namibia: 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-C, 2006-B
  • Nigeria: 2008-W, 2008-W, 2008-C, 2008-B
  • Uganda: 2006-B, 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-C
  • Zambia: 2007-B, 2007-W, 2007-W, 2007-C