Trends in Adolescent Fertility and Contraceptive Use in the Developing World

Trends in Adolescent Fertility and Contraceptive Use in the Developing World

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1997-08-01 edition. Excerpt: ...49 who say they are within 30 minutes travel time of a source for a modern method (a proxy for proximity for married women ages 15-19); and (3) the cost of an annual supply of oral contraceptives as a percentage of gross national product per capita (from appendix table 18). The cost of oral contraceptives is used because young couples, who are more interested in delaying the start of childbearing or in spacing the births of their children, tend to use oral contraceptives more often than other methods (appendix table 15; United Nations 1987: 151-157). The data, from DHS surveys undertaken in the late 1980's and early 1990's, show that: The relationship between contraceptive use (of any modern method) and knowledge is positive: countries with higher percentages of married adolescent women knowing a source of a modern method are more likely to have higher levels of contraceptive use in this age group. However, as figure 22a shows, the relationship is more curvilinear than linear,16 reconfirming evidence from numerous sources on the relationships between motivation, contraceptive knowledge, and actual use: knowledge is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for use. For the 30 countries represented in this graph, only countries with high levels of awareness have higher levels of utilization among adolescents, but a number of countries with relatively high awareness do not have high proportions of adolescents using modern methods of family planning. Access to modern contraceptives, measured by reported proximity to a supply source, is also positively related to contraceptive use, though the relationship is weaker than that between knowledge and use (figure 22b). Colombia, Indonesia, and Brazil have relatively good access and relatively high...
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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236627660
  • 9781236627667