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Ascertaining the level of fertility preference implementation in Nigeria
Authors: Ibisomi, Latifat
Source: African Population Studies, Dec2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p471-486, 16p
Topic(s): Education
Fertility
Country: Africa
  Nigeria
Published: DEC 2011
Abstract: Abstract: Using the 1990 and 2003 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) data, the study examines the levels of, trend and differentials in fertility preference implementation in Nigeria and how this has contributed to observed fertility changes in the country. Results show that the extent to which women implement their fertility preference is high and increased by about 4% over the period. Its contribution to observed fertility decline of 0.5 births was however small (6%). The index also increased over the period by the various characteristics of women examined except among respondents with tertiary level of education and women from the South West. Percentage change is high among women from rural areas, the North-East and women with no formal education. The pattern among different categories of couples shows that preference implementation is higher among cohabiting, monogamously married and concordant couples. The paper concludes with program and research recommendations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]