Marriage Type and Children Ever Born Among Women in Ghana

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dc.contributor.advisor Aryee, F.A. Aduah-Kabah, J. J.
dc.contributor.other University of Ghana, College of Humanities , Regional Institute for Population Studies 2015-11-11T16:01:10Z 2017-10-14T03:11:04Z 2015-11-11T16:01:10Z 2017-10-14T03:11:04Z 2014-07
dc.description thesis (M.A) - University of Ghana, 2014
dc.description.abstract Ghana currently has an average parity of 5.6 (GDHS, 2008) which means the average Ghanaian woman would have more than 5 children by the end of her reproductive period. Ghana like many other sub-Saharan African countries recognises the value of fertility reduction, hence the initiation of policies and strategies to make family planning programmes and methods available to couples and women. Ghana’s fertility rate of 4.0 is still high compared to the global average of 2.5 (United Nations, 2013). Ghana is a nation that puts in much effort to reduce its fertility rate. It therefore was a step in the right direction to examine the relation polygyny might have on a woman’s number of children ever born. The Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS, 2008) data set was used in this study. It was shown in the study that polygyny was significantly and positively related to a woman’s number of children ever born; and polygynous women were found to have a higher number of children ever born than monogamously married women. Some background characteristics of women in the study sample such as education, contraceptive use, age at first birth, ethnicity, wealth index and religion were significantly related to children ever born. The place of residence of women was not significantly related to marriage type. A bivariate analysis between place of residence and children ever born showed a significant relationship between the variables, with rural areas having largest of polygynous wives as compared to urban residence. The study recommends that literacy programs such as adult education should be prioritized to enhance contraceptive use in the country and also to provide women with occupational skills for income generating ventures en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 80p. ill
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.title Marriage Type and Children Ever Born Among Women in Ghana en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder University of Ghana

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