Trends and transition times in parity progression among women of reproductive age in Nigeria between 1998 and 2012

Ifeoluwa E Awoyelu, Olusola Ayeni, Babatunde M Gbadebo, Stephen A Adebowale

Abstract


Context: This study assessed the trends and transition times in parity progression among women of reproductive age in Nigeria between 1998 and 2012.

Data Source & Method: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study which utilized data from the 2003, 2008 and 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. Data were analysed using Descriptive statistics, Brass P/F Ratio, Pandey and Suchrinder Parity Progression Method and Feeney and Yu Method of Period parity Progression.

Findings: Our findings show that the proportion of women progressing to next parity was fairly equal for periods 1998-2002 and 2003-2007 with a slight decrease for period 2008-2012. There was a relatively consistent reduction in the speed of progression to high order parities from 1998 – 2012.

Conclusion: In conclusion, not much progress has been made with respect to fertility reduction in the country. However, a reduction in the pace of progression to high order parities suggests Nigeria is experiencing a consistent but slow total fertility decline.


Keywords


Fertility, Parity Progression, Total Fertility Rate, Fertility Trend, Birth interval

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11564/32-1-1159

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