Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2008
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Page No. 70 - 76

Factors Affecting Fertility Behavior in Bangladesh: A Probabilistic Approach

Authors : Mahmudul Hasan and Sabiruzzaman

Abstract: The study committed to investigate the role of associated determinants that affect the women’s fertility behavior. This research work traces socioeconomic, socio-demographic and behavioral background of the study respondents that pressed them into the high parity. It categorically attempts to identify the patterns of such events according to their nature and reasons there in. The empirical data of this study indicates that the mean number of children per woman is 2.59 and the exact age of the respondent, age at marriage, marital status, occupation, monthly family income, contraceptive use, decision maker for child taking, breastfeeding, years of schooling and religion are found to be the direct or indirect source that affect parity. By adopting probabilistic approach, the present research identifies three variables-age at marriage, contraceptive use and decision maker for child taking are the most influential among considered variables. The present study is primarily based on the empirical data gathered through direct interviewing, observation and case studies with the randomly chosen ever married women of the study areas. Statistics from other research works have also been consulted. This study argued that proper control of relevant factors might be useful to get expected fertility transition in Bangladesh.

How to cite this article:

Mahmudul Hasan and Sabiruzzaman , 2008. Factors Affecting Fertility Behavior in Bangladesh: A Probabilistic Approach. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 3: 70-76.

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