Fertility Behaviour among Adolescent in India


  The reproductive behaviour of an adolescent woman is influenced by the attitude and behavior of her parents, kin and the societies at large. As most adolescent girls are illiterate, they lack knowledge of family planning methods. This study on fertility behaviour among adolescents acquires special importance in the context of India where the high rate of adolescent marriage is caused due to low level of female education. The data used in the present study are obtained from different volumes of Sample Registration System (SRS). The individual level data used in the study are drawn from District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3) carried out during 2007-08. The analysis clearly proved that, though the legal age at marriage in India is 18 years for females and 21 years for males, early marriage is still the norm Contraceptive use is deplorably low among adolescent women. Early childbearing is particularly high in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Assam where the rate is above 50 births per 1000 teenage women, the highest being in West Bengal (70 births per 1000 women).  


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Asst. Professor, Department of Sociology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad - 431004, Maharashtra

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