Gendered intentions and fertility-related outcomes in southern Malawi
- Larsen, Ashley
- Additional Titles:
- Gendered intentions and fertility related outcomes in southern Malawi
- [University Park, Pennsylvania] : Pennsylvania State University, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Luke, Nancy
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- Open Access.
- Fertility is often viewed as a feminine domain due to the greater social and health consequences childbearing poses for women. However, empirical evidence finds that males often have power over fertility decision-making, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. I conceptualize fertility intentions as reflections of mens and womens influence and use multiple constructs (general intentions, partner-specific intentions, and expectations) to estimate the relative strength of male and female intentions to predict pregnancy and several proximate determinants of fertility in Malawi. I find that while female intentions are stronger predictors of pregnancy and condom use when measured by expectations, the findings for general and partner-specific intentions are mixed. Regardless of construct, male intentions are stronger predictors of sexual frequency while female intentions more strongly predict hormonal contraception use. The results underscore the need to consider various measures of fertility intentions for both men and women to gain a greater understanding of fertility decision-making.
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- Dissertation Note:
- M.A. Pennsylvania State University 2016.
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- Library holds archival microfiches negative and service copy. 1 fiche. (Micrographics International, 2016)
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- The full text of the dissertation is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file ; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file.
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