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Title: PROXIMATE DETERMINANTS OF BIRTH INTERVAL LENGTH IN AMHARA REGION: THE CASE OF FAGITA LEKOMA WOREDA, AWI- ZONE
Authors: AYANAW, ASSAYE
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 13-Dec-2008
Publisher: Addis ababa university
Abstract: ABSTRACT Adequate child spacing is considered as a positive factor on the health of mothers and their children. The birth interval has been reported to have significant effect on the child’s future physical and mental capabilities. Little or no attempt has been made to identify the socio economic, demographic and biological determinants of birth interval length using primary data at woreda level. The general objective of this study was an investigation of the key factors affecting birth interval length in Fagita Lekoma woreda. For this purpose, cross sectional study was conducted in three kebeles which were found in the Amhara Regional State, Awi Administrative Zone at Fagita Lekoma woreda. For this study, 504 eligible women (women who had at least two children) were selected by using systematic random sampling technique. In order to investigate the effects of covariates on the dependent variable, Cox proportional hazard model was used. In bivariate analysis, the Kaplan Meier median length was used to examine birth interval differentials by socio economic, demographic and biological characteristics of women. The results indicated that almost in all birth intervals, educated women, working women, Protestants, urban women, women belonging to the Agew ethnic group, women whose index child has survived, women who had married at 18years of age or after and women who used family planning programs have longer birth interval lengths. In multivariate analysis, work status, contraceptive use and survival status of the index child were consistently significant while age at first marriage and place of residence were significant in some birth intervals. It is recommended that concerted effort be made to enhance female education, their labor force participation, expand coverage of family planning services and increase age at first marriage..
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Population Studies
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1701
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