Consistency in reporting condom use between husbands and wives in Bangladesh

J Biosoc Sci. 2010 Jul;42(4):563-72. doi: 10.1017/S0021932010000064. Epub 2010 Mar 5.


Consistency in reporting contraceptive use between spouses is little understood, especially in developing settings. This research challenges the accuracy of measuring contraceptive prevalence rate, which is traditionally calculated based on women's responses. Multinomial logistic regression techniques are employed on a couple dataset from the 1999-2000 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) to investigate the consistency in reporting condom use between husbands and wives. The level of inconsistency in reporting condom use was about 46%, of which about 32% was explained by husbands reporting condom use while wives did not, and 14% by wives reporting condom use while husbands did not. Regression analysis showed that couple education and age difference between the spouses are significant determinants of inconsistent reporting behaviour. The findings suggest the need for alternative approaches (questions) in the DHS to ensure consistency in the collection of data related to use of family planning methods.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Bangladesh
  • Bias
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Contraception Behavior / psychology
  • Contraception Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Data Collection / statistics & numerical data
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sex Factors
  • Spouses / psychology
  • Spouses / statistics & numerical data*
  • Truth Disclosure*
  • Young Adult