Issues in Scientific Research
Vol.1 (5),pp. 61-66, July 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/ISR/
Article 16/ID/SRJ022/ 06 pages
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Original Research Article
Factors determining the age at first birth in Uganda
Alex Mugarura*, Will Kaberuka and Ruth Atuhaire
Makerere University Business School, Uganda.
* Corresponding Author Email: kaberukaw(at)gmail.com
The main objective of this study was to establish the socio-economic and demographic factors that determine age at first birth in Uganda. Data from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (2011) was used in this study. This survey was a follow up on the 1988/89, 1995, 200-01, and 2006 surveys, which covered the whole of Uganda. A Cox Proportional Hazard Model was used to establish the determinants of age at first birth. The study found that the average age at first birth in Uganda is 18.4 years. It was further established that age of respondent, education, religion, region, residence, and age at first sexual intercourse are the main determinants of age at first birth in Uganda. The study recommends the promotion of policies that aim at increasing women’s age at first birth
Key words: Age at first birth, childbearing, fertility, first birth, linear model and proportion hazard model