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Gender-role attitudes and reproductive health communication among female adolescents in South Nyanza, Kenya

Agwanda, A; Obare, F; Magadi, Monica

Authors

A Agwanda

F Obare



Abstract

In this paper, we use data from three districts of NyanzaProvince in Kenya to examine gender-role attitudes and reproductive health communication among adolescent females aged 12-19 years. We test for differences in gender-role attitudes between younger (12-15) and older (16-19) adolescents. We explore the possible association between educational attainment and gender-role attitudes by estimating a random-effects model. We also examine the association between gender-role attitudes and reproductive health communication via an unordered multinomial logit model. The results show that adolescent females in this setting hold conservative views on decision making within the home and at the same time portray less conservative views concerning marriage and reproductive behaviour. We also find some differences by age regarding gender-role attitudes and reproductive health communication. Our findings further indicate that educational attainment is significantly associated with gender-role attitudes, which in turn are significantly associated with reproductive health communication.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2006
Journal Etude de la Population Africaine
Print ISSN 0850-5780
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 37 - 54
APA6 Citation Agwanda, A., Obare, F., & Magadi, M. (2006). Gender-role attitudes and reproductive health communication among female adolescents in South Nyanza, Kenya. Etude de la population africaine = African population studies, 21(1), (37 - 54). ISSN 0850-5780
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