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Association between socio-demographic factors and knowledge of contraceptive methods with contraception use among women of reproductive age: a cross-section study using the 2013 Liberia DHS
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Sub-Saharan Africa has a low contraceptive prevalence rate and a high total fertility rate. Contraceptive use can not only improve maternal health but can also help improve child health. West Africa is very burdened with low contraceptive use as well as a high percentage of women with an unmet need for contraception.

Aims: This study investigated the relationships between socio demographic factors, knowledge of contraceptive methods and contraceptive use in the Republic of Liberia.

Methods: The analysis used data from the 2013 Liberian Demographic and Health Survey. The responses of 8,405 women were investigated to determine if socio-demographic predictors had a relationship with the use of contraception. Multiple logistic regression was used to model the odds of contraception use in relation to age, wealth index, relationship status, region of residency, type of residency, educational level and religion.

Results: In Liberia, 22% of the women use contraception and 97% of the women have knowledge of contraceptive methods. Results from multiple logistic regression analysis indicate that the variables found to be associated with contraception use include educational level, wealth index, age and type of residence. Results from bivariate analysis indicate that the contraception users are younger, have some level of education, are Christian, but are almost evenly split between rural and urban settings.

Conclusion: Future research should look into ways of measuring knowledge of contraception and how to better inform contraception users in order to increase contraception use.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Liberia, Contraception use, educational level, knowledge, women, socio-demographic
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256717OAI: diva2:826551
Educational program
Master Programme in International Health
Available from: 2015-06-30 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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