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The impact of education and media on contraceptive use in Bangladesh: A multivariate analysis

Authors

  • Abdul Goni MD,

    Associate Professor, Corresponding author
    • Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
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  • Mahfuzar Rahman MD

    Research Fellow
    1. Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
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Correspondence: Abdul Goni, Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh. Email: magoni_popsrubd@yahoo.com

Abstract

In this paper, an attempt is made to show the impact of education and media on contraceptive use and also to identify the factors that associated with the current use of contraception and continuing of contraception. To reach our goal, Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS 2007) data were used. Findings of this study reveal that education, age of the respondents, religion, media exposure, area of residence and if they belong to any of the non-governmental organizations (Grameen Bank, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, ASA, Mother's club, etc.) have significant contribution to current use of contraception and continuing of contraception. Media, particularly TV, and education play the leading role regarding this issue, whereas the others have an indirect relationship. Multivariate analyses showed that contraceptive use were higher among educated women and those women who watch TV at least once a week as compared with their respective counterpart. The results indicate urgent need to give emphasis on education, ensuring electronic media exposure, head-to-head communication programme, institutional-based family planning education and necessary information to learn about the impact of overpopulation for the people all over the country.

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