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Some Demographic Factors and their Association with Teenage Pregnancy in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
  • 2Faculty of Commerce, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • 3 Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (2), Pages 18-24, February,14 (2016)

Abstract

Teenage pregnancy is commonly used to describe the pregnant state of girls among 19 years age or younger i.e. the pregnancy occurred the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. In this study, the cross-sectional sample design is used to collect primary data from 500 ever-married women of 15-49 years selected through simple random sampling from Rajshahi City in Bangladesh. The present study examines the factors affecting teenage pregnancy of Rajshahi. In this study, bivariate and multivariate analyses have been employed. The bivariate analysis provides that womenís education, husbandís education, fatherís education, type of marriage, dowry, physical violence, contraceptive use, first birth interval, and religion are significant association with teenage pregnancy of women. The logistic regression analysis depicts that a statistically significant association between teenage childbearing with education. The result indicates that teenage mothers have 1.24 times higher odds of being early pregnancy in presence of physical violence than couple who donít have physical violence. Non-muslim women are 67 percent lower chances to become pregnant at early ages than their Muslim counterparts. It also exhibits that dowry has an impact on early pregnancy in Rajshahi. It should focus to take appropriate reproductive health program regarding neglected teenage women and highlighted the priority of teenage women in Rajshahi.

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