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Height/Age of the women [message #24248] Tue, 29 March 2022 09:21 Go to next message
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Dear Experts,
Can we construct stunting from height/age standard deviation associated with v440, in the same way as children's height/age?
Can you please explain to me, what does (v442) height/age percent ref. median mean? for women in IR file?

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Re: Height/Age of the women [message #24302 is a reply to message #24248] Fri, 15 April 2022 16:01 Go to previous message
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Following is response from DHS Research & Data Analysis Director, Tom Pullum:

Yes, you can use v440 to assess stunting in women, but for adults v440 is not quite interpretable as a height-for-age score. The WHO scores (v440) are based on age 18 if the woman's age is 18+. That is, for age 18+, all women at a the same height will have exactly the same value of v440. Stunting is defined as v440<-200.

We never use v442 and v443. There is not a good justification for having them in the data files.

You will find more information about this in the Guide to DHS Statistics ( x.cfm).

We now have repositories of code written in Stata and SPSS available on Github. Please reference these code repositories as a resource for code for matching or calculating DHS indicators. The code repositories can be found at:

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