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

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posted on 2024-06-03, 15:25 authored by S Jatrana, SSR Pasupuleti
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.

History

Journal

Asian population studies

Volume

11

Pagination

172-190

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1744-1730

eISSN

1744-1749

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Taylor & Francis

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis