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Original Research Article

Factors determining the age at first birth in Uganda


Alex Mugarura

Will Kaberuka

Ruth Atuhaire


Article Number: ISR.16.007  |   Pages: 61-66  |   Vol.1 (5), July 2016   |   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15739/ISR.16.007

 Received: May 5, 2016  Accepted: June 6, 2016  Published: July 18, 2016

Abstract

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


Age at first birth, childbearing, fertility, first birth, linear model and proportion hazard model

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