National Survey of Adolescents, 2004: Burkina Faso (ICPSR 22408)

Principal Investigator(s): Ouedraogo, Christine, Institut Superieur des Sciences de la Population (Burkina Faso); Biddlecom, Ann, Guttmacher Institute; Zulu, Eliya, African Population and Health Research Center (Kenya)


The National Survey Adolescents was launched in 2004 in four Sub-Saharan African countries--Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda--to provide detailed information on adolescent risk-taking and health-seeking behavior as related to HIV, STDs and unintended pregnancy. The study examined a range of factors (e.g., behavioral, sociocultural, economic) that could lead to increased vulnerability to risk. The study also encompassed knowledge of means of prevention, sources of trusted information and health care, and impediments to adolescents' abilities to apply their knowledge and take preventive action. The survey in Burkina Faso was administered between April and June 2004. Using a two-stage stratified sample design that selected households from rural and urban clusters, 5,400 households were listed for initial screening. After an initial interview in each household, individual surveys were administered in person to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 who were de facto or de jure members of the household. This process collected 6,489 individual interviews with adolescents. Because of the sensitive nature of questions administered in the survey, informed consent forms were obtained from both parents/guardians and the respondents, and in all possible instances interviewers and respondents were paired by gender.

Series: National Survey of Adolescents Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Ouedraogo, Christine, Ann Biddlecom, and Eliya Zulu. National Survey of Adolescents, 2004: Burkina Faso. ICPSR22408-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-07-24.

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This study was funded by:

  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (5R24HD043610)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, adolescents, AIDS, birth, birth control, dating (social), domestic partnership, education, family background, family planning, fertility, health attitudes, health behavior, health care facilities, health education, household appliances, household composition, households, housing conditions, marriage, reproductive history, risk assessment, sex education, sexual attitudes, sexual awareness, sexual behavior, sexual exploitation, sexual reproduction, socioeconomic status, teenage parents, teenage pregnancies

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Regions within Burkina Faso

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Burkina Faso, Global, Sub-Saharan Africa

Time Period:   

  • 2004-04--2004-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-04--2004-06

Unit of Observation:    individual, household

Universe:    All adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 in Burkina Faso.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Between April 2004 and June 2004 a two-stage cluster sample of 5,400 households were visited, from which a sample of 6,489 eligible adolescents were interviewed. Only adolescents that were de facto or de jure members of the household and between the ages of 12 and 19 were considered eligible.

Weight:    The individual case file has two weighting variables. The sample weight is "qweight" and is used for all respondents. If "qweight"=0, the case should not be included in analysis either because of incomplete data or possible redundancy. Before use with the data, the sample weight (qweight) should be divided by 1,000,000 before applying the weighting factor. The weight, "qwgt12", is a weight for respondents who also were selected for and answered Section 12 questions, since only one eligible adolescent per household was selected for those sensitive questions. When examining Section 12 questions, use only "qwgt12". Before using "qwgt12", it must also be divided by 1,000,000.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    The overall response rate was 95.2 percent.


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-07-24

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