Demography

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 277–285 | Cite as

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

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 adulthood Longitudinal data Inconsistency of self-reports Malawi Sub-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

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