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When Fertility Seems Too High for Contraceptive Prevalence: An Analysis of Northeast Brazil

Citation

Curtis, Siân L. & Diamond, Ian (1995). When Fertility Seems Too High for Contraceptive Prevalence: An Analysis of Northeast Brazil. International Family Planning Perspectives, 21(2), 58-63.

Abstract

Standard regression equations relating the total fertility rate to contraceptive prevalence indicate that the fertility rate of 5.5 lifetime births per woman observed for Northeast Brazil in the 1986 Brazil Demographic and Health Survey is about 1.6 births per woman higher than would be expected on the basis of contraceptive prevalence at that time. An exploratory approach for evaluating the reasons for higher-than-expected levels of fertility attributes 0.6 of the apparent excess births in Northeast Brazil to the lag effects of recent increases in contraceptive use and 0.6 to the relatively small fertility-inhibiting effect of breastfeeding. Marriage patterns play a smaller role, but appear to be responsible for 0.3 births of the remaining difference between observed and expected fertility.

URL

https://www.guttmacher.org/journals/ipsrh/1995/06/when-fertility-seems-too-high-contraceptive-prevalence-analysis-northeast

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

International Family Planning Perspectives

Author(s)

Curtis, Siân L.
Diamond, Ian

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

21

Issue Number

2

Pages

58-63

Reference ID

4397