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Adolescent Fertility Behaviour In Nigeria: Trends and Determinants

Emmanuel Chike Ihejiamaizu
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENT FERTILITY BEHAVIOUR IN NIGERIA: TRENDS AND DETERMINANTS

ABSTRACT:

The study involves an empirical analysis of a nationally representative a sample of 1 .612 female adolescents aged 15 - 24 derived from the 1990 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) who had begun child bearing. It was found that teenage pregnancy and motherllood witt1in marriage is very common with the North leading as follows:- Northwest 40.7%, Northeast 39.5%, Southeast 13.9% and Southwest 91% The study indicates that the use of modern family planning method for fertility regulation is very low with only 4.0'1o using modern method. The ideal means number of children desired is higher in rural areas than urban centers. The policy lmplication is the need for programmes to be targeted at adolescents to provide them with adequate knowledge of reproductive health and to encourage them to postpone marriage and child bearing until they have acquired reasonable level of education and economic skills.


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