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Title: Regional variations of fertility control behavior among rural reproductive women in Bangladesh: A hierarchical analysis
Authors: Muhammed Ashraful Alam
Kanittha Chamroonsawasdi
Natkamol Chansatitporn
Chokchai Munsawaengsub
Md Shafiqul Islam
Mahidol University
National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Neuroscience;Psychology;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2018
Citation: Behavioral Sciences. Vol.8, No.8 (2018)
Abstract: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Women’s fertility decision is quite difficult in male-dominant rural culture due to their poor reproductive autonomy. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in rural community of Bangladesh between November 2017 and February 2018 among 1285 respondents selected by multi-stage stratified sampling to explore regional variations of rural women’s fertility control behavior and its determinants using hierarchical and other inferential statistics. Data collection was done by face-to-face interview using questionnaire. Average parity was 2.5 per woman and 41% respondents had three or more children. About 60% of them used modern contraceptives (MCs) and oral contraceptive pill (OCP) was their first choice. Male participation in contraceptive use was less than 5%. Regional variation, women’s empowerment, fertility control knowledge, family planning (FP) attitude, social influence, perceived behavioral control (PBC) and fertility intention were significant predictors of fertility control behavior (p < 0.05). Significant regional variations were determined in fertility control behavior of rural women (p < 0.05). Almost all of its predictors explained by Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) also showed significant regional variations (p < 0.05). Current fertility control policy should be strengthened more not only to improve fertility behavior of rural women but also to establish regional equity in fertility control by improving their reproductive decision-making in a rational way.
ISSN: 2076328X
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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