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The DHS Program's in-house Research and Analysis team conducts rigorous, timely, and innovative mixed-methods research on topics related to global public health, demography, and social epidemiology. Our team also trains, mentors, and closely collaborates with fellow researchers and stakeholders who are driven to utilize DHS Program surveys and other survey data to inform programs and policies in various countries and contexts.

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Jul 2019

Trends, Inequalities, and Contextual Determinants of Child Marriage in Asia

Child marriage—defined as marriage before age 18—is considered to be a violation of human rights and is associated with numerous adverse health, social, and economic outcomes.

Topics: Gender, Geographic Information, Youth


Sep 2018

Methods to Estimate Under-15 Fertility Using Demographic and Health Surveys Data

Early childbearing carries serious risks to the health of both the child and the mother.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Youth


Jun 2018

Adolescent Nutrition 2000-2017: DHS Data on Adolescents Age 15-19

Adolescence is an important stage in the lifecycle for growth and development.

Topics: Nutrition, Youth


Aug 2017

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Early and Later Adolescence: DHS Data on Youth Age 10-19

Adolescence is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood when many behaviors and events set the stage for adult health.

Topics: Domestic Violence, Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Youth


Aug 2016

Marriage and Fertility Dynamics: The Influence of Marriage Age on the Timing of First Birth and Birth Spacing

In a context of rising marriage age for women and a compression of first birth intervals, this study uses survival analysis, hazard models, and multivariate decomposition techniques to investigate the influence of marriage age on the first birth interval over time, and the implications of both marriage age and first birth interval on the second birth interval.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Youth


Aug 2014

Youth Data Collection in DHS Surveys: An Overview

International development assistance programs are placing increased emphasis on youth.

Topics: Youth


Feb 2014

Unmet Need for Family Planning among Young Women: Levels and Trends

Young women may disproportionately experience unmet need for family planning for a variety of reasons.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Youth


Sep 2012

Trends in Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Behaviors

This report discusses the current status and trends over time of key indicators relevant to adolescent sexual and reproductive health using data from 41 countries from surveys conducted between 1990 and 2011.

Topics: Youth


Aug 2008

Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health

The study provides information on key reproductive and sexual health indicators in young women and men age 15-24 in 38 developing countries.

Topics: Youth


Nov 2002

Coping with Pregnancy; Experiences of Adolescents in Ga Mashi Accra

This study of the experiences of adolescents with becoming pregnant in the Ga Mashi neighborhood of Accra was conducted to understand how these young women coped with an unexpected pregnancy.

Topics: Gender, Youth