Demography

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 277–285

Challenges in Measuring the Sequencing of Life Events Among Adolescents in Malawi: A Cautionary Note

  • Barbara S. Mensch
  • Erica Soler-Hampejsek
  • Christine A. Kelly
  • Paul C. Hewett
  • Monica J. Grant
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13524-013-0269-2

Cite this article as:
Mensch, B.S., Soler-Hampejsek, E., Kelly, C.A. et al. Demography (2014) 51: 277. doi:10.1007/s13524-013-0269-2

Abstract

Using data from two rounds of the Malawi Schooling and Adolescent Survey, this research note examines consistency of retrospective reporting on the timing and sequencing of sexual initiation, school leaving, and marriage. The analysis, which compares reporting of events both within and between rounds, indicates substantial inconsistency in reporting of event sequences and highlights difficulties in measuring transitions to adulthood in sub-Saharan Africa with survey data.

Keywords

Transitions to adulthoodLongitudinal dataInconsistency of self-reportsMalawiSub-Saharan Africa

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© Population Association of America 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara S. Mensch
    • 1
  • Erica Soler-Hampejsek
    • 1
  • Christine A. Kelly
    • 1
  • Paul C. Hewett
    • 2
  • Monica J. Grant
    • 3
  1. 1.Population CouncilNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Population CouncilLusakaZambia
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonUSA