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Mean age at childbearing [message #1128] Fri, 10 January 2014 09:04 Go to next message
ewa.b is currently offline  ewa.b
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I would like to calculate the mean age at childbearing by birth order, for 3 year period preceding the survey. Are there any resources on how to calculate such indicator in Stata?

Moreover, I am wondering what is the reason for the fact that in DHS reports the median ages at various events, not the means, are usually presented.
Kind regards
Re: Mean age at childbearing [message #1130 is a reply to message #1128] Fri, 10 January 2014 17:30 Go to previous message
Liz-DHS
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Dear User,
Below is a response from one of our experts, Dr. Tom Pullum.

DHS reports the median age rather than the mean age for various events because the mean can only be calculated if the event has happened to everyone. The median can be calculated as soon as the event has happened to at least half of the people at risk.

The attached text file is a mini Stata program to do what was requested. To calculate the mean age at childbearing by birth order, for 3 year period preceding the survey.

If this has not answered your question adequately, please reply

Thank you!
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