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Women’s Education, Empowerment, and Contraceptive Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from Recent Demographic and Health Surveys

Stanfors, Maria LU and Larsson, Cecilia LU (2014) In Etude de la Population Africaine 28(2). p.1022-1034
Abstract
Fertility remains higher and contraceptive levels are substantially lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the developing world. In this paper we use information on individuals and couples provided in recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS, fifth wave) undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia. We use bivariate and multivariate techniques to examine the determinants of contraceptive use among married women (aged 15-49), focusing on the impacts of women’s education and empowerment. Our results show that education was an important determinant of contraceptive use, but mattered less in choice of method effectiveness. The impact of education was similar in all the countries studied with the exception of Kenya, where it was... (More)
Fertility remains higher and contraceptive levels are substantially lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the developing world. In this paper we use information on individuals and couples provided in recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS, fifth wave) undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia. We use bivariate and multivariate techniques to examine the determinants of contraceptive use among married women (aged 15-49), focusing on the impacts of women’s education and empowerment. Our results show that education was an important determinant of contraceptive use, but mattered less in choice of method effectiveness. The impact of education was similar in all the countries studied with the exception of Kenya, where it was non-existent. Empowerment was less important in determining contraceptive use. Efforts to increase contraceptive use in general and the use of modern methods more specifically need to focus on providing basic education for all women and on changing gender roles. (Less)
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Education, empowerment, contraceptive use, logit regression, Sub-Saharan Africa
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Etude de la Population Africaine
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28
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1022 - 1034
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Union for African Population Studies
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10.11564/28-0-554
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  abstract     = {Fertility remains higher and contraceptive levels are substantially lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the developing world. In this paper we use information on individuals and couples provided in recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS, fifth wave) undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia. We use bivariate and multivariate techniques to examine the determinants of contraceptive use among married women (aged 15-49), focusing on the impacts of women’s education and empowerment. Our results show that education was an important determinant of contraceptive use, but mattered less in choice of method effectiveness. The impact of education was similar in all the countries studied with the exception of Kenya, where it was non-existent. Empowerment was less important in determining contraceptive use. Efforts to increase contraceptive use in general and the use of modern methods more specifically need to focus on providing basic education for all women and on changing gender roles.},
  author       = {Stanfors, Maria and Larsson, Cecilia},
  issn         = {2308-7854},
  keyword      = {Education,empowerment,contraceptive use,logit regression,Sub-Saharan Africa},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {1022--1034},
  publisher    = {Union for African Population Studies},
  series       = {Etude de la Population Africaine},
  title        = {Women’s Education, Empowerment, and Contraceptive Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from Recent Demographic and Health Surveys},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.11564/28-0-554},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2014},
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