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The effect of husbands' and wives' fertility preferences on the likelihood of a subsequent pregnancy, Bangladesh 1998-2003.
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PMID:  19536696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from 3,052 rural Bangladeshi couples, we investigated the influence of husbands' and wives' fertility preferences on the likelihood of a subsequent pregnancy in the period 1998-2003. Although reproductive behaviour is relatively consistent with fertility preferences, 17 per cent of couples who reported they did not want more children in 1998 had a subsequent pregnancy by 2003. Wives in this setting appear to be more pronatalist than those in other less developed countries. Moreover, wives' rather than husbands' fertility preferences appear to have dominated over the 5-year study period. As expected, the incidence of pregnancy decreased over the study period for most couples, but increased among couples in which only the husband wanted more children. This finding suggests that wives who disagree with their husbands about having more children are either less likely to prevent pregnancy through consistent use of contraception or acquiesce to their husbands' desire for more children.
Jessica D Gipson; Michelle J Hindin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Population studies     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1477-4747     ISO Abbreviation:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-18     Completed Date:  2009-09-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376427     Medline TA:  Popul Stud (Camb)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Health Sciences, University of California-Los Angeles, School of Public Health, 650 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Conflict (Psychology)*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Likelihood Functions
Longitudinal Studies
Reproductive Behavior / psychology*
Survival Analysis
Young Adult

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