Women's autonomy, education and birth intervals in India: visiting the less familiar

Jatrana, Santosh and Pasupuleti, Samba Siva Rao 2015, Women's autonomy, education and birth intervals in India: visiting the less familiar, Asian population studies, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 172-190, doi: 10.1080/17441730.2015.1050083.

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Title Women's autonomy, education and birth intervals in India: visiting the less familiar
Author(s) Jatrana, Santosh
Pasupuleti, Samba Siva Rao
Journal name Asian population studies
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 172
End page 190
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-06-19
ISSN 1744-1730
Keyword(s) Women’s autonomy
women’s education
birth interval
contraceptive use
Cox regression
Social Sciences
women's education
Women's autonomy
Summary Using data from the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) on currently married fecund women who have had at least one birth during 2001–2002 and Cox-proportional hazard models, this study examines the less researched association between women's autonomy and birth-to-conception intervals in India. It also examines whether women's autonomy mediates or moderates the relationship between education and birth-to-conception interval. Our results indicate that after adjusting for demographic and socioeconomic factors, women's autonomy was a significant predictor of birth-to-conception intervals, with higher autonomy positively associated with larger birth-to-conception intervals. Education of women was also independently associated with longer birth-to-conception intervals. However, this study did not provide any support to the general perception that women's autonomy mediates the association between women's education and birth-to-conception interval. Women's autonomy rather than being a mediator acted as a moderator in this association. Policy measures to increase the spacing between births should emphasise not only improving the education of women but also their autonomy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17441730.2015.1050083
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1603 Demography
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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