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Frequency of watching television


This variable is not available for any of the currently selected samples.


TVFQMN (MV159) reports how often the male respondent usually watches television (not at all, less than once a week, at least once a week, or almost every day).

Comparability — Index



The possible response categories for TVFQMN (MV159) change across phases. See the Survey Text tab for exact question wording.

To maximize comparability across samples, IPUMS-DHS uses composite coding for this variable. The answer "Not at all" is coded 0. For men who report watching television, IPUMS-DHS uses a 3-digit coding system, where the first digit indicates whether the male respondent watches television at all (code 100). The second digit indicates whether the male respondent watches television less than once a week (coded 110) or more than once a week (120). The third digit displays additional information available for some samples, with code 121 indicating "At least once a week" and 122 indicating "At least once a day."

Comparability - Standard DHS

TVFQMN (MV159) is a standard recode variable for men for DHS Phase 4 forward.

While the question wording for TVFQMN (MV159) remains the same across phases, the response categories differ. Initially, the standard DHS questionnaire for men includes the response categories: Almost every day, At least once a week, Less than once a week, and Not at all. For Phase 6 forward, the category "Almost every day" was removed, so the highest frequency that can be reported is "At least once a week."


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