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Levels, trends and differentials of adolescent motherhood in Ethiopia: evidence from 2005 EDHS

Eshetu Gurmu, Addis Ababa University
Tariku Dejene, Jimma University

Adolescent childbearing has undesirable consequences. Dropping out of school, high rates of abortion, maternal mortality and morbidity are noted consequences of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. The objective of this study is to analyze the levels, trends and differentials of adolescent motherhood in Ethiopia. It is based on the 2005 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey data. A multilevel logistic regression is fitted to analyze the determinants of adolescent childbearing. Adolescent motherhood in Ethiopia has shown a generally declining trend over time. The decline was more marked in the periods following the adoption of the national population policy in Ethiopia. It was lower in urban areas and among women who have secondary and above education. It was, however, higher among women who were not working and those engaged in agricultural activities. Housewives and women working in agricultural sector should be given attention to reduce the risks and consequences of adolescent motherhood.

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Presented in Session 81: Fertility among teens and young adults