Variable MA4 : Marital status

Overview
Type: Continuous
Format: numeric
Width: 1
Decimal(s): 0
Range: 1-2
Valid case(s): 642
Invalid: 6635
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 2

File: wm

Universe
Women aged 15-49
Source of information
The eligible woman selected for interview

Categories

Value Category
1 Widowed
2 Divorced
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.

Literal question
What is your marital status now: are you widowed, divorced or separated?
Interviewer instructions
Circle the code corresponding to the response given. For a woman who is not currently married  but who was formerly married, record her current marital status at the time of the interview. Since she was in a union at one time, but is not on the day you are interviewing her, she will be either widowed or divorced.

You should use 'widowed' (a) for women who were married and their husband died, and (b) 'Divorced' should be used for women who were married and whose marriage formally ended.
Generated: MAR-20-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit