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The Reliability of Reporting of Contraceptive Behavior in DHS Calendar Data: Evidence from Morocco

Jennifer A. Strickler, Robert J. Magnani, H. Gilman McCann, Lisanne F. Brown and Janet C. Rice
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 28, No. 1 (Mar., 1997), pp. 44-53
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2137970
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137970
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Abstract

This report addresses the consistency of reporting in the contraceptive calendar in the 1992 and 1995 Morocco Demographic and Health Surveys. Because a panel design was used in these surveys, the same women were interviewed in both years, providing a unique opportunity to examine the reliability of responses. Measures of reliability for various aspects of contraceptive-use dynamics are computed, and the impact of reporting errors on contraceptive failure, discontinuation, and switching rates is estimated. Results suggest that reporting of contraceptive behavior in Moroccan DHS calendar data appears to be relatively reliable at the aggregate level. Individual respondents, particularly those whose contraceptive patterns have been complex, have a lower level of reliability. The observed inconsistencies do not appear to affect aggregate-level estimates of contraceptive prevalence; however, measures of contraceptive-use dynamics are less stable. (STUDIES IN FAMILY PLANNING 1997; 28, 1: 44-53)

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