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DHS 2013 Abortion questions [message #17456] Fri, 22 March 2019 00:47 Go to next message
cmbulu is currently offline  cmbulu
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Does any one know if the 2008 or 2013 DHS Nigeria has direct abortion questions?
Re: DHS 2013 Abortion questions [message #17582 is a reply to message #17456] Fri, 19 April 2019 17:05 Go to previous message
boyle014 is currently offline  boyle014
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You can get answers to questions like this at IPUMS DHS. At the website, I selected the Nigerian samples and searched for abortion. From the list of variables that turned up, I clicked on the name/link of the only one addressing whether a pregnancy ended in abortion. Then I clicked on the Survey Text tab to see precisely how the question was asked.

The way the questions were asked in Nigeria in 2008 and 2013 do not allow a researcher to distinguish purposeful abortions from other forms of pregnancy termination:
Have you ever had a pregnancy that miscarried, was aborted, or ended in a stillbirth?

Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Sociology & Law, University of Minnesota, USA
Principal Investigator, IPUMS-DHS
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