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Child Mortality Transition among Children Born to Adolescent Mothers in India: A Study Based on National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Data.
Authors: Murthy, M. S. R.
Source: Journal of Human Ecology, May2011, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p101-106, 6p
Topic(s): Birth interval
Childhood mortality
Rural-urban differentials
Country: Asia
  India
Published: MAY 2011
Abstract: Abstract: Adolescent (15-19 years) marriages are still in practice in many parts of India. As a result, many conceptions lead to mortality. Hence the data has been taken from National Family Health Survey (NFHS), which represents all India data, for the analysis. The survival chances of children have been considered for analysis. The logistic analysis has been done for the last birth order and last but one birth order using different variables in three different models. The findings indicate a distinct change from NFHS II onwards. NFHS III data has shown marked decline in mortality of infants and children. A good proportion (90 per cent) of adolescent mothers belonging to NFHS-I and II have not used any contraception compared to 87 per cent belonging to NFHS-III. Female children had better survival chances than male children in recent surveys (NFHS-III). Number of children ever born and age of the mother at marriage have seems to have inverse relation with survival status of child. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]