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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 19 | Page No.: 2782-2787
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.2782.2787
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How a Married Woman’ Characteristics Affect her Contraceptive Behavior?

Rana Ejaz Ali Khan and Tasnim Khan

In Pakistan, population growth rate is 2.2% and Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is as high as 5.4. It is the result of low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) of only 28%. Due to low CPR, women have high rate of unwanted births in Pakistan. In this study using probit estimation on primary data, we have analyzed the woman’ characteristics responsible for low contraceptive prevalence among married women in urban areas of Punjab (Pakistan). For the purpose one thousand married women in the age group of 15-49 years, who were not currently pregnant were interviewed from urban areas of Bahawalpur and Lahore. The individual characteristics of married women were focused, although household characteristics, socio-economic conditions of the community where woman is living, religious and cultural factors are also important. It is found that age of woman, education of woman, woman’ status, her economic activity, income level and age at marriage were found major determinants of contraceptive prevalence in women. The policies towards the education of women, status of women, labor force participation of women and legal interventions towards the increase in marriage age are stressed to increase the CPR.
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Rana Ejaz Ali Khan and Tasnim Khan, 2007. How a Married Woman’ Characteristics Affect her Contraceptive Behavior?. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 2782-2787.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.2782.2787






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