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Re: HT/age standard deviations in DHS India 1998-1999 [message #24906 is a reply to message #24896] Mon, 01 August 2022 12:17 Go to previous message
Bridgette-DHS is currently offline  Bridgette-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS Research & Data Analysis Director, Tom Pullum:


This survey had a three-year window of time for the child health questions, including anthropometry, rather than the usual 5-year window. It will be much easier for you if you use the KR or BR files, in which children are units.

However, I see some differences.

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Normally the children in the KR and BR files would be the same for the interval for the child health questions.

You say that you get up to 4 children. I only get 2 or 3, depending on which file I use. I don't understand where you found 4, but the main reason why there are fewer children than in most surveys is that the window was 3 years rather than 5.

You are using hw5, hw8, and hw11 for anthropometry. In the newer surveys, we use hw70, hw71, and hw72. There is a file "IAHW43FL.dta" that gives the newer (WHO) scores, and it can be merged with the KR or BR files. I strongly recommend using the newer scores for better continuity with recent surveys and more comparability with other countries. You should be able to find that HW (H for height and W for weight) file on the website. Let us know if you cannot find it.
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