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Influence of socio-economic factors on prevalence of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria

Akanbi, M. A. and Ope, Beatrice W. and Adeloye, Davies and Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Iruonagbe, C. T. and Omojola, Oladokun (2021) Influence of socio-economic factors on prevalence of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 25 (5). pp. 138-146. ISSN 1118-4841

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The study utilized the theory of fertility as initiated by Davis and Blakes (1956) and developed by Bongaarts in 1978 to underscore why teenage fertility has remained high in Nigeria. This study investigates women socio-economic factors influencing pregnancy in Nigeria. A total sample of 8448 female teenagers with pregnancy experiences were extracted from the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The study revealed that 19% of young girls with 15-19 years have experienced teenage pregnancy in Nigeria. More importantly, the socio-economic factors with significant influence on teenage pregnancy are: respondents with age 18-19 years (33.2 percent), rural (27.2 percent), Islamic religion (25.2 percent), North-west (28.5 percent), poorest (32 percent), no educational (43.7 percent), married/living with partners (73.9 percent), employed (21.5 percent), visited any health facility in the last 12 months (42 percent) and those who were informed about family planning at a health facility (84.3 per cent) . There is need for sound education for females in Nigeria that will equip girls and women with adequate knowledge needed to make informed decisions on matters relating to sexual and reproductive health, hence resulting in the actualization of the SDG 5.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teenage; pregnancy; socio-economic; sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 12:06
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 12:06

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