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Factors associated with pregnancy among married adolescents in Nepal: secondary analysis of the national demographic and health surveys from 2001 to 2011

Pradhan, Rina, Wynter, Karen and Fisher, Jane 2018, Factors associated with pregnancy among married adolescents in Nepal: secondary analysis of the national demographic and health surveys from 2001 to 2011, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 2, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15020229.

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Title Factors associated with pregnancy among married adolescents in Nepal: secondary analysis of the national demographic and health surveys from 2001 to 2011
Author(s) Pradhan, Rina
Wynter, KarenORCID iD for Wynter, Karen orcid.org/0000-0003-4620-7691
Fisher, Jane
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-02
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
adolescent pregnancy
risk factors
protective factors
low- and lower-middle income countries
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Summary © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality are much more prevalent among adolescents than adults, particularly in low-income settings. Little is known about risk factors for pregnancy among adolescents in Nepal, but setting-specific evidence is needed to inform interventions. This study aimed to describe the prevalence, and identify factors associated with pregnancy among adolescents in Nepal between 2001 and 2011. Secondary analyses of Nepal Demographic Health Surveys (NDHS) data from 2001, 2006, and 2011 were completed. The outcome was any pregnancy or birth among married adolescents; prevalence was calculated for each survey year. Although the rate of marriage among adolescent women in Nepal decreased significantly from 2001 to 2011, prevalence of pregnancy and birth among married adolescent women in Nepal remains high (average 56%) in Nepal, and increased significantly between 2001 and 2011. Regression analyses of this outcome indicate higher risk was associated with living in the least resourced region, early sexual debut, and older husband. Despite national efforts to reduce pregnancies among married adolescent women in Nepal, prevalence remains high. Integrated, cross-sectoral prevention efforts are required. Poverty reduction and infrastructure improvements may lead to lower rates of adolescent pregnancy.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15020229
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Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
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