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The indicator estimate will be representative of the target population of women and men to the extent that (a) probability sampling methods are correctly used in the survey design and implementation and (b) sample weights are calculated and used where necessary.

In view of the importance of adolescent knowledge and behaviour, care should be taken in interpreting estimates broken down for the youth population. In many settings, a significant percentage of those aged 15-19 years will be away at school, precluding their representation in the household population surveyed. If estimates for youth are a priority, a separate data collection exercise involving school-based data collection may be necessary.

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