The Malawi Schooling and Adolescent Study (MSAS) is a longitudinal study that has followed in-school and out-of-school adolescents in two districts in rural, southern Malawi since 2007. Six rounds of data had been collected as of 2013.
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For information on MSAS sampling, please see the following publications:
- Grant, Monica J., and Erica Soler-Hampejsek. 2014. “HIV risk perceptions, the transition to marriage, and divorce in southern Malawi.” Studies in Family Planning. 45(3): 315–337.
- Mensch, Barbara S. Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Christine A. Kelly, Paul C. Hewett, Monica J. Grant. 2014. “Challenges in measuring the sequencing of life events among adolescents in Malawi: A cautionary note.” Demography. 51(1): 277–285.
- Sudfeld, Christopher R., Paul C. Hewett, Nadia N. Abuelezam, Satvika Chalasani, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Christine A. Kelly, Barbara S. Mensch. 2013. “Herpes simplex virus type 2 cross-sectional seroprevalence and the estimated rate of neonatal infections among a cohort of rural Malawian female adolescents.” Sexually Transmitted Infections. 89(7): 561–567.
- Soler-Hampejsek, Erica, Monica J. Grant, Barbara S. Mensch, Paul C. Hewett, Johanna Rankin. 2013. “The effect of school status and academic skills on the reporting of premarital sexual behavior: Evidence from a longitudinal study in rural Malawi.” Journal of Adolescent Health 53(2): 228–234.
Collected and available data
Rounds have varied slightly regarding the modules included. Below is a summary of the topics covered in each. All rounds are available for public use.
- Round 1: Adolescent Questionnaire; School Inventory; Teacher Questionnaire
- Round 2: Adolescent Questionnaire; School Inventory; Teacher Questionnaire
- Round 3: Adolescent Questionnaire; School Inventory; Teacher Questionnaire
- Round 4: Adolescent Questionnaire
- Round 5: Adolescent Questionnaire
- Round 6: Adolescent Questionnaire
Data collection, cleaning, and analysis were funded by the following donors: The Spencer Foundation Grant #200700065 (rounds 1–2 of data collection); the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH, under award number R01-HD047764 (round 3 of data collection); and the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH, under award number R01-HD062155 (rounds 4–6 of data collection). Some additional funding for data cleaning, secondary analysis, and/or dissemination was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development.