International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2018)

Socio-demographic and economic factors influencing adolescent fertility in urban Kenya


Museve K Audrey, Dr. Khasakhala Anne Akoya, Dr. Wakibi Samwel Ndiguitha

This study examines the socio-demographic and economic factors influencing adolescent fertility in urban Kenya. The study utilized the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) data of 2008/09. The main methods of data analysis are descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Bivariate findings showed that years of schooling, current marital status, age at first sex, and contraceptive use were significantly associated with adolescent fertility in urban Kenya at the significance level of 0.05. Majority of births occurred among adolescents with 1-7 years of schooling (P=0.001), those that were married (P=0.001), those with age at first sex of <18 years (P=0.002), and those that used contraceptives (P=0.001). Results of the overall logistic regression model indicated that marital status and age at first sex were associated with adolescent fertility. Adolescents in urban Kenya who were not married (OR=0.25, P<0.001) and those whose age at first intercourse was 18-19 years (OR=0.157, P<0.05) were significantly less likely to have initiated childbearing. The main policy implication for these study findings is that the government should develop interventional programmes to delay marriage and age at first sex among adolescents in urban areas.
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Museve K Audrey, Dr. Khasakhala Anne Akoya, Dr. Wakibi Samwel Ndiguitha. Socio-demographic and economic factors influencing adolescent fertility in urban Kenya. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 6, 2018, Pages 98-104
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