Patterns and Differentials of Birth Intervals in Bangladesh

Dr. Abdul Hamid Chowdhury,Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim

Volume 13 Issue 2

Global Journal of Science Frontier Researc

This paper examines patterns and differentials of birth intervals of ever married women in Bangladesh. The study utilizes the data extracted from the 2007 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS). Multivariate Proportional Hazard analysis reflects that respondents’ education, region of residence, working status of the respondents, age at first marriage, spousal age difference, contraceptive use and body mass index are found to be significantly associated with first birth interval. Among the variables considered in the study, religion of the respondents and sex of the previous child have shown significant association with second birth interval only. Moreover, survival status of previous child is found to have a highly significant influence on second and subsequent birth intervals.