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Childlessness in Rural Ethiopia

Citation

Mammo, Abate & Morgan, S. Philip (1986). Childlessness in Rural Ethiopia. Population and Development Review, 12(3), 533-46.

Abstract

Infertility strongly affects levels of natural fertility in parts of Africa. To document levels, trends, and differentials in infertility for Ethiopia, this note examines a nationally representative sample drawn from 12 rural provinces. High levels of childlessness, sharp variations in childlessness by province, and declines over time are found. The patterns are consistent with an explanation stressing the role of sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea. The authors, however, are hesitant to attribute all of the excess primary infertility to this cause. Diseases like gonorrhea take time to produce infertility, and the number of sexual partners--the primary determinant of levels of such diseases--should be low in the Ethiopian cultural context.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1973223

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Population and Development Review

Author(s)

Mammo, Abate
Morgan, S. Philip

Year Published

1986

Volume Number

12

Issue Number

3

Pages

533-46

Reference ID

5552