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Trends and Differentials of Adolescent Motherhood in Ethiopia: Evidences from 2005 Demographic and Health Survey
Authors: E Gurmu, T Dejene
Source: African Journal of Reproductive Health, 16[4]: 162-174
Topic(s): Abortion
Reproductive health
Country: Africa
Published: DEC 2012
Abstract: Adolescent childbearing has undesirable consequences. Dropping out of school, high rates of abortion, maternal mortality and morbidity are noted consequences of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. The objective of this study, which is based on the 2005 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey data, is to analyze the levels, trends and differentials of adolescent motherhood in Ethiopia. A multilevel logistic regression was fitted to analyze the determinants of adolescent childbearing. Adolescent motherhood in Ethiopia has shown a generally declining trend over time. The decline was more marked in the periods following the adoption of the national population policy in the country. Further, it was lower in urban areas and among women who have secondary and above level of education, but higher among women not working and those engaged in agricultural activities. Housewives and women working in the agricultural sector should be given attention to reduce the risks and consequences of adolescent motherhood.