Evaluation of Two Estimates of Covert Use of Contraception in DHS

Associate Name: Stan Becker

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: HPC Pilot 10/1/15-9/30/16


The purpose of the present research then is to determine as best possible the reasons for the large discrepancy between the direct and indirect estimates in DHS surveys in which both estimates are available. There are 15 such countries with eleven in Sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis will involve examining characteristics of several groups of wives: those who would be classified as covert users with both the direct and indirect methods, those who would be classified as covert users only with the indirect method and those who refused to answer the direct question on covert use. In one analysis, after cross-tabulations are completed logistic regressions using predicted values will be done to determine if refusers are more like those who said their husbands did not know or more like other wives (open users). 

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