The correlates of natural method use in Moldova: is natural method use associated with poverty and isolation?


Lyons-Amos, Mark J., Durrant, Gabriele B. and Padmadas, Sabu S. (2009) The correlates of natural method use in Moldova: is natural method use associated with poverty and isolation? Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 32pp. (S3RI Applications & Policy Working Papers, (A09/01) ). (Submitted)

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Natural method use is often associated with high levels of unwanted births and induced abortions. This study investigates the correlates of natural method use in Moldova, a country with one of the highest proportions of natural contraceptive users in Europe. We hypothesize that economic and spatial disadvantage increase the reliance on natural methods whereas exposure to FP programs decreases the probability of natural method use. The analysis considers a sub-sample of 5860 sexually-active women from the 2005 Demographic and Health Survey. Results from multilevel multinomial models, controlling for relevant characteristics and data structure, show that economic disadvantage increases the probability of natural method use; but the overall effect is small. Higher FP media exposure reduces natural method use; however this effect attenuates with age. We conclude that FP efforts directed towards the poorest may have limited impact, but interventions targeted at older women could reduce the burden of unwanted pregnancies.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 65088
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:46
Publisher: Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/65088

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