The results of the 2007 Ukraine Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) allow analysis of a wide range of data on fertility and fertility-related variables that cannot be obtained from current Ukrainian statistics. Of particular interest are data on the number of births in different subgroups of the population by wealth quintiles, the mean number of children ever born, the length of birth intervals, and other proximate determinants of fertility.
The experience of retrospective national sample surveys like the 2007 UDHS that focus on marriage, family characteristics, and attitudes toward childbearing, has proved useful for many countries, and indicates that the use of demographic and health surveys is completely justified as a method of social and demographic inquiry. In particular, the 2007 UDHS provides valuable information on attitudes toward childbearing and family building, such as: desired and ideal number of children, intention to limit or space the births of children in the family, and the demand for family planning services in different subgroups of the population. The 2007 UDHS is also a source of extensive information linked to gender, such as factors related to women’s autonomy in decisionmaking, particularly financial decisionmaking in the household, respondents’ attitudes toward sexual relations between spouses, and the problem of domestic violence.
Source of Information
Ukrainian Center for Social Reforms (UCSR), State Statistical Committee (SSC) [Ukraine], Ministry of Health (MOH) [Ukraine], and Macro International Inc., 2008. Ukraine Demographic and Health Survey 2007. Calverton, Maryland, USA: UCSR and Macro International.