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Proximate Determinants of Fertility in Peninsular Malaysia.
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PMID:  21490114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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The continuing decline in fertility despite a contraction in contraceptive use in Peninsular Malaysia since the mid-1980s has triggered considerable interest in the reasons behind this phenomenon, such as increase in abortion, sterility, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Fertility decline has been attributed to rapid socioeconomic development, which can only influence fertility through the intermediate variables. Application of vital statistics, population census, and survey data of Peninsular Malaysia on Bongaarts's model vindicates that marriage postponement and contraceptive use are the 2 most important proximate determinants of fertility, but the effects are not uniform across the ethnic groups. For instance, the predicted total fertility rate for Chinese and Malays are 2.9 and 1.6, respectively, compared with the observed level of 3.0 and 1.9. Postpartum infecundability and abortion also play a part in explaining ethnic fertility differentials. The fertility inhibiting effects of these proximate determinants have significant implications on reproductive health and future population growth.
Authors:
Nai Peng Tey; Sor Tho Ng; Siew Yong Yew
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-13
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Title:  Asia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1941-2479     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8708538     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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