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Title: Rethinking early childbearing in Indonesia: Is it preceded by a premarital first birth?
Authors: Dyah Anantalia Widyastari
Pimonpan Isarabhakdi
Patama Vapattanawong
Marc Völker
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Citation: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. (2019)
Abstract: © 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. This study aimed to present the level and patterns of premarital first births in Indonesia, and its association with early childbearing. This study used three rounds of the Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey, including a total of 29,483 women in 2002; 32,895 in 2007 and 45,607 in 2012. Those women who had their first child before reaching 19 years of age were defined as early child bearers, otherwise, the women were known as later child bearers. All conceptions that occurred 9 months after the first marriage were defined as timely births within marriage, thus, premarital first birth is a first birth that occurred less than 7 months after the first marriage. About 7-11% of Indonesian women conceived their first child before marriage. Both early and later child bearers experienced their first birth less than 7 months after their first marriage, however, women who experienced conception before marriage were twice as likely to become early child bearers compared to women who had their first birth occurred timely. The results of the present analysis show that some Indonesian women had their first child before marriage. Although the unavailability of marriage and birth registrations is the most plausible explanation for the decline in premarital first births among the youngest cohort, regional differences suggest there is also an influence of socio-cultural diversity in the premarital sexual practices of Indonesian women.
ISSN: 21910278
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2019

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