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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

Potential Implications of the Ghana and Nepal Follow-Up Studies for DHS Questionnaires and Fieldwork Procedures

Recent follow-up mixed-methods studies undertaken by The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program in Ghana and Nepal sought to better understand the reasons behind unmet need and barriers to contraceptive use.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Maternal Health


Jul 2018

Does Men's Involvement Improve the Health Outcomes of Their Partners and Children?

Men’s involvement in the health of their partners and children can play an important role in improving health outcomes.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Gender, Maternal Health


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


Sep 2013

Female Genital Cutting: The Interpretation of Recent DHS Data

This report presents data on female genital cutting collected by the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).

Topics: Female Genital Cutting


Jun 2012

Women's and Men's Experience of Spousal Violence in Two African Countries: Does Gender Matter?

To better understand the role of gender in intimate partner violence (IPV) outside the developed world, this report compares the experiences of married men and married women with spousal violence, the most common form of IPV, using data from two sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana and Uganda.

Topics: Domestic Violence, Gender


Jun 2009

Men's Reproductive Health: Findings from the Demographic and Health Surveys, 1995-2004

This report documents both socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of male respondents to the DHS surveys, as well as male attitudes, preferences, and behaviors relating to contraception, fertility, and health in 40 developing countries.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Dec 2008

Intimate Partner Violence among Couples in 10 DHS Countries: Predictors and Health Outcomes

The goals of this study are threefold:(1) To report the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among currently married or cohabiting women in 10 developing countries.

Topics: Domestic Violence, Gender


Oct 2008

Understanding Women's Empowerment: A Comparative Analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Data

This report examines the distribution and correlates of two different dimensions of the empowerment of currently married women age 15-49 in 23 developing countries.

Topics: Gender


Sep 2004

Female Genital Cutting in the Demographic and Health Surveys: A Critical and Comparative Analysis

This comparative report summarizes data on FGC from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) implemented between 1989 and 2002.

Topics: Female Genital Cutting