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Unplanned childbearing in Kenya: the socio-demographic correlates and the extent of repeatability among women

Magadi, Monica

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Abstract

Unplanned pregnancies account for a substantial proportion of births in Kenya and can have a variety of negative consequences on individual women, their families, and the society as a whole. This paper examines the correlates of mistimed and unwanted childbearing in Kenya, with special focus on the extent of repetitiveness of these events among women. A multilevel multinomial model is applied to the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey data. The results show that unplanned childbearing in Kenya is associated with a number of factors, including urban/rural residence, region, ethnicity, maternal education, maternal age, marital status, birth order, length of preceding birth interval, family planning practise, fertility preference and unmet need for family planning. In addition to these factors, women who have experienced an unplanned birth are highly likely to have a repeat occurrence.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2003-01
Journal SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
Print ISSN 0277-9536
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 1
Article Number PII S0277-9536(02)00018-7
Pages 167-178
APA6 Citation Magadi, M. (2003). Unplanned childbearing in Kenya: the socio-demographic correlates and the extent of repeatability among women. Social science & medicine, 56(1), (167-178). doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00018-7. ISSN 0277-9536
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/S0277-9536%2802%2900018-7
Keywords Unplanned childbearing; Repeatability of events; Socio-demographic correlates; Multilevel multinomial models; Kenya
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953602000187?via%3Dihub
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