Family Planning Outcomes and Primary School Attendance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 127–134, June 2012
How to Cite
Longwe, A. and Smits, J. (2012), Family Planning Outcomes and Primary School Attendance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Studies in Family Planning, 43: 127–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2012.00310.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
This study examines the relationship between women's family planning outcomes and primary school enrollment among their 8-11-year-old children. We analyze household- and wider-context-level data for 103,000 children in 30 sub-Saharan African countries. Negative associations with school enrollment are found for those who have short preceding or succeeding birth intervals, a young sibling, or a mother who is pregnant. These findings remain unchanged after controlling for socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Analysis of interaction effects shows that many associations with family planning outcomes depend on the context in which the household is living, revealing the importance of a situation-specific approach. Findings indicate that helping families improve their pregnancy planning will increase children's schooling opportunities and lead to more effective use of household and community resources.