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Mother of a child under 5 confirmation [message #9737] Wed, 11 May 2016 06:41 Go to next message
Erkingul is currently offline  Erkingul
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Dear All,

I am doing my PhD research on children's health outcomes and women's empowerment in Kyrgyz Republic. I am using KgDHS 2012 KR data set.

May you please, suggest me a reference resource (DHS docs) where it is explicitly stated that in KR a respondent under v003 and a biological mother of the child is the same person. How can I prove that?

Thank you for your support and care
with much appreciation
Re: Mother of a child under 5 confirmation [message #9864 is a reply to message #9737] Wed, 01 June 2016 16:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dear User,
A response from data processing expert, Mr. Noureddine Abderrahim:

You'll have to trust the mother's reporting. If she (V003) says that the child (BIDX) is her son or daughter, you'll have to accept it. In the Kid's recode all the children have their mother's information attached to them.

Re: Mother of a child under 5 confirmation [message #14590 is a reply to message #9737] Sun, 22 April 2018 01:38 Go to previous message
kingx025 is currently offline  kingx025
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Keep in mind just how the information for the KR child recode files was collected. Women of childbearing age are asked about their own children, born in the last 3,4, or 5 years, on a wide range of topics including antenatal care, vaccinations, recent illnesses, etc. The data in the KR file is basically a rearrangement of the women's data reporting on her own children, not some random female respondent in the household. Therefore, the only way that the mother identified in the KR files could not be the child's own mother would be if she misrepresented their relationship when asked about her OWN CHILDREN, and this doesn't seem likely to happen very often.

Miriam King

Dr. Miriam King
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