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Recent Trends in Premarital Fertility across Sub-Saharan Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Studies in Family Planning, January 2017
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Title
Recent Trends in Premarital Fertility across Sub-Saharan Africa
Published in
Studies in Family Planning, January 2017
DOI 10.1111/sifp.12013
Pubmed ID
Authors

Shelley Clark, Alissa Koski, Emily Smith-Greenaway

Abstract

The rising age of first marriage across sub-Saharan Africa over the past 25 years has led many scholars to predict a concurrent increase in premarital childbearing. We examine whether this anticipated increase has materialized using data from 27 countries. Our results reveal considerable heterogeneity. Although levels of premarital fertility have risen by up to 13 percent in recent years in some African countries, other countries have experienced a 7 percent decline. Adolescent premarital childbearing, in particular, has shown marked decline in several countries. Furthermore, although the rising age of marriage exerts clear upward pressure on premarital fertility, decomposition analyses indicate that in half of the countries examined, other factors such as delayed sexual debut and use of contraception counteract this effect. These results temper concerns about the rising numbers of unwed mothers and demonstrate that countries can simultaneously delay marriage and achieve relatively stable, or even declining, levels of premarital childbearing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 38 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 26%
Student > Master 10 26%
Student > Bachelor 6 16%
Unspecified 5 13%
Researcher 3 8%
Other 4 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 21 55%
Unspecified 5 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 5%
Other 5 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 March 2017.
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#1,138,157
of 12,518,030 outputs
Outputs from Studies in Family Planning
#51
of 691 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#44,402
of 337,632 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Studies in Family Planning
#2
of 7 outputs
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