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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|
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
|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|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Population Studies|
Thesis - Population Studies
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