Table 1

Operational definitions of variables and their measurements

Variables

Description

Measurement scale


Unintended pregnancy

Type (intendedness) of current pregnancy

Dichotomous

0 = Intended

1 = Unintended


Age of women

Respondent's current age at time of survey

Ordinal for bivariate analysis

0 = 15–24 years

1 = 25–34 years

2 = 35–49 years

Interval scale for multivariate


Ideal number of children

Women's concept or preferences about the number of children

Ordinal for bivariate analysis

1 = One

2 = Two

3 = Three and more

Interval scale for multivariate


Parity

Number of children given by the respondents

Ordinal for bivariate analysis

0 = None

1 = One

2 = Two

3 = Three and more

Interval scale for multivariate


Age at first marriage

Respondents' completed age at the time of marriage

Ordinal for bivariate analysis

0 = Less than 16 years

1 = 16 years and more

Interval scale for multivariate


Women's education

Literacy status of women

Ordinal

0 = No education/illiterate

1 = Literate


Women's occupation

Types of women's work

Nominal

0 = Not working/agriculture

1 = Non-agriculture


Place of residence

Types of place of residence of the respondent

Dichotomous

0 = Urban

1 = Rural


Radio exposure

Listen to radio every day

Dichotomous

0 = No

1 = Yes


TV exposure

Watch television at least once a week

Dichotomous

0 = No

1 = Yes


Travel time to the nearest family planning sources

Travel time needed to reach the nearest family planning sources from her residence

Ordinal

0 = Less than 30 minutes

1 = 30–60 minutes

2 = More than 1 hour

3 = No response/don't know


Family planning field worker's visit

Women who are visited by family planning program's worker in the last 12 months

Dichotomous

0 = Not visited

1 = Visited


Religion

Women's religion

Dichotomous

0 = Non-Hindu

1 = Hindu


Woman's autonomy

Autonomy on own health care and how to spend own earned money

Nominal

0 = No autonomy

1 = Some autonomy


Knowledge about family planning methods

Knowledge score of different family Planning method

Ordinal

0 = Lower knowledge

1 = Higher knowledge


Ever use of family planning method

Respondents who had ever use of any contraceptive or not in the past

Dichotomous

0 = Never used

1 = Ever used


Adhikari et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009 9:17   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-17

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