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Volume :34 Issue : 2 2006      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Factors Determining Family Decisions on Second and Third Child Intervals in Jordan

Auther : Abdel khaleg AL- Khatatne / Muneer Karadsheh

 

This study focuses on the second and third stage of family formation in Jordan. The analysis adopted describes recent trends and differentials in the time of second and third births; it also explores the role of socioeconomic, demographic, and cultural factors on second and third birth interval dynamics. Data obtained from the Jordan Population and Family Health Survey (JPFHS) (2002) conducted by the Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Health was used. Multivariate ``Coxs Hazard analysis was also used to evaluate the effect of each independent variable on these birth intervals. The study showed that some of the variables used in the analysis had a positive relationship with the timing and speed of the birth intervals. These variables are as follows: wifes level of education, original place of residence, wifes current age, womans age at marriage, previous child mortality, desired family size, womans working status, and the use of contraceptives.

Keywords: Transition to the Second Birth, Transition to the Third Birth, Social variables, Demographic variables, Stage of Family Formation, Birth interval.

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