Cohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)

Hans Peter Kohler, Susan C. Watkins, Jere R. Behrman, Philip Anglewicz, Iliana V. Kohler, Rebecca L. Thornton, James Mkandawire, Hastings Honde, Augustine Hawara, Ben Chilima, Chiwoza Bandawe, Victor Mwapasa, Peter Fleming, Linda Kalilani-Phiri

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Abstract

The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) is one of very few long-standing, publicly available longitudinal cohort studies in a sub-Saharan African (SSA) context. It provides a rare record of more than a decade of demographic, socioeconomic and health conditions in one of the world's poorest countries. The MLSFH was initially established in 1998 to study social network influences on fertility behaviours and HIV risk perceptions, and over time the focus of the study expanded to include health, sexual behaviours, intergenerational relations and family/household dynamics. The currently available data include MLSFH rounds collected in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 for up to 4000 individuals, providing information about socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, sexual behaviours, marriage, household/family structure, risk perceptions, social networks and social capital, intergenerational relations, HIV/AIDS and other dimensions of health. The MLSFH public use data can be requested on the project website: http://www.malawi.pop.upenn.edu/.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-404
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of epidemiology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Malawi
Family Health
Longitudinal Studies
Intergenerational Relations
Sexual Behavior
Social Support
Health
Demography
HIV
Time Perception
Family Relations
Risk-Taking
Marriage
Fertility
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Cohort Studies

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  • Epidemiology

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Kohler, H. P., Watkins, S. C., Behrman, J. R., Anglewicz, P., Kohler, I. V., Thornton, R. L., ... Kalilani-Phiri, L. (2015). Cohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH). International journal of epidemiology, 44(2), 394-404. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyu049

Cohort Profile : The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH). / Kohler, Hans Peter; Watkins, Susan C.; Behrman, Jere R.; Anglewicz, Philip; Kohler, Iliana V.; Thornton, Rebecca L.; Mkandawire, James; Honde, Hastings; Hawara, Augustine; Chilima, Ben; Bandawe, Chiwoza; Mwapasa, Victor; Fleming, Peter; Kalilani-Phiri, Linda.

In: International journal of epidemiology, Vol. 44, No. 2, 27.05.2015, p. 394-404.

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Kohler, HP, Watkins, SC, Behrman, JR, Anglewicz, P, Kohler, IV, Thornton, RL, Mkandawire, J, Honde, H, Hawara, A, Chilima, B, Bandawe, C, Mwapasa, V, Fleming, P & Kalilani-Phiri, L 2015, 'Cohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)', International journal of epidemiology, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 394-404. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyu049
Kohler, Hans Peter ; Watkins, Susan C. ; Behrman, Jere R. ; Anglewicz, Philip ; Kohler, Iliana V. ; Thornton, Rebecca L. ; Mkandawire, James ; Honde, Hastings ; Hawara, Augustine ; Chilima, Ben ; Bandawe, Chiwoza ; Mwapasa, Victor ; Fleming, Peter ; Kalilani-Phiri, Linda. / Cohort Profile : The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH). In: International journal of epidemiology. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 394-404.
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