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Factors associated with unmet fertility desire and perceptions of ideal family size among women in Bangladesh: Insights from a nationwide Demographic and Health Survey

Akram, Raisul, Sarker, Abdur Razzaque, Sheikh, Nurnabi, Ali, Nurnabi, Mozumder, MGN and Sultana, Marufa 2020, Factors associated with unmet fertility desire and perceptions of ideal family size among women in Bangladesh: Insights from a nationwide Demographic and Health Survey, PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233634.

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Title Factors associated with unmet fertility desire and perceptions of ideal family size among women in Bangladesh: Insights from a nationwide Demographic and Health Survey
Author(s) Akram, Raisul
Sarker, Abdur Razzaque
Sheikh, Nurnabi
Ali, Nurnabi
Mozumder, MGN
Sultana, Marufa
Journal name PLoS ONE
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Article ID e0233634
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2020-05
ISSN 1932-6203
1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
EMPOWERMENT
CHILDREN
DECLINE
Summary IntroductionAlong with the developing world, Bangladesh has made a tremendous improvement in declining total fertility rate, however, this declining trend is not uniform to all the socio-demographic stratum. Incongruities exist between the numbers of children that women bearing and what they actually desired which refers to unmet fertility desire. This study aims to elicit women’s perception of ideal number of children and predictors of unmet fertility desire in Bangladesh.MethodThis study analyzed nationally representative cross-sectional Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2014 data. A two-stage stratified random sampling technique was used while a total of 17,863 ever-married women were interviewed between June and November 2014. A total of 10,912 eligible women were included in the analysis. Poisson regression analysis and logistic regression models were used to measure women’s perception of the ideal number of children and to determine the influencing factors of unmet fertility desires.ResultThe mean value of the perceived ideal number of children was 2.22 (SD ± 0.73) and the majority of women (71.2%) expect to have two children in their lifetime. Approximately 46% of mothers reported bearing more children than they desired. The perceived ideal number of children was significantly higher among women who were living in rural areas, from Sylhet division, Muslim, unemployed, and experienced child death and those who justified beating. Findings revealed that several factors such as place of residence, geographic location, religion, wealth index, maternal age and education, partners’ education, experiencing child death, and other empowerment-related indicators were significantly associated with unmet fertility desires.ConclusionPerceived ideal number of children differs among women’s socioeconomic and demographic strata. Unmet fertility desire was also found which indicates that reproductive knowledge and health care services are still necessary for some socio-demographically disadvantaged/vulnerable people and this group should be regularly monitored to control population growth.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0233634
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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