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Authors: Rashed Alam
Source: Middle East Journal of Nursing, January 2012- Volume 6, Issue 1
Topic(s): Fertility
Reproductive health
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2012
Abstract: Abstract Adolescent's reproductive health and fertility behaviour in Bangladesh is in the worst condition. Fertility behaviour among adolescent reproductive women in Bangladesh, using national representative data from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), 2003-2004, allowing for the existence of observed characteristics that affect both adolescent reproductive women and fertility was studied. The study pertains to 1,703 ever married adolescent women in the reproductive age group (10-19). The challenges and risks the young people face during this period impact directly on their physical and emotional mental wellbeing. The reduction of fertility is one of the major problems of developing countries in the world and Bangladesh is one of them. The purpose of this study is to identify the effects of various socio-economic and demographic variables on fertility in six divisions of Bangladesh. Multivariate analysis, such as multiple classification analysis, has been used to identify the important determinants of children ever born. The study result shows that various socio-economic and demographic variables affect on adolescents fertility. These are adolescent's education, place of residence, religion, working status, breast feeding etc. An inverse relation is found between age at marriage, and fertility. Results show that fertility is highest in rural areas than that of urban areas. Divisional difference reveals that fertility is highest in Chittagong division and lowest in Khulna division among the adolescent mothers. This also indicated that the total fertility rate decreased about 10% from 1999/00 to 2003/04 respectively. Keywords: Fertility behaviour, Adolescent reproductive women, Multiple Classification Analysis and Bangladesh.