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Application of Logistic Regression in Determining the Factors Influencing the use of Modern Contraceptive among married women in Ethiopia

The aim of the study was to investigate the determinants of use of modern contraceptive among married women in Ethiopia. Our study is based on the data taken from a nationally representative survey EDHS of 2011. The sample includes 9,438 married women aged 15-49 years. Cross tabulations were carried out at the bivariate level to assess the association between contraceptive use and each of the explanatory variables and binary multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify the factors influencing modem contraceptive use among married women in Ethiopia. The bivariate analysis reveals statistically significant association between all explanatory variables i.e age of woman, region, religion, place of residence, education level of woman, number of living children, desire for more children, wealth status, and decision maker for modern contraception, educational level of husband, modern contraceptive knowledge and exposure to media. Results for binary multiple logistic regression analysis reveals that age of woman have a statistically significant positive effect on modern contraceptive use. Contraceptive use was highest in the age group of 15 to 19 years while it was lowest among married women aged 40-44 years compared to those married women aged 45-49 years as reference category. Furthermore, uneducated women and women not at work want no more children. The lowest wealth status women are less likely to use modern contraception compared to their corresponding reference group. The result also shows that married women who do not discuss about family planning with their husbands use modern contraception 25.6% less in comparison to those couples made decisions jointly. Generally men play a critical role in determining the size of their family. Male involvement, therefore, is an integral component of successful reproductive health programs. But binary logistic regression results do not support the hypothesis that educational levels of husband have influence on the use of modem contraceptive methods among women. Media exposure is another factor that influences modem contraceptive use. The odds of married women who were not exposed to media are 35.8 % less likely in using a modern contraception method than those who had media exposure.

Family Planning, Modern Contraceptives, Married Women, EDHS, Logistic Regression Models, Ethiopia

Kebede Abu Aragaw. (2015). Application of Logistic Regression in Determining the Factors Influencing the use of Modern Contraceptive among married women in Ethiopia. American Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics, 4(3), 156-162.

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