THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL STATUS OF WOMEN ON BIRTH INTERVAL IN INDONESIA

Desy Nuri Fajarningtiyas

Abstract


The median of birth interval in Indonesia is quite high which is 43,7 months. This figure can be classified as
an ideal birth interval. However, the percentage point of the number of ideal birth interval only increases slowly
(0,06 % annually). The findings of previous studies revealed that women’s status affected birth interval. Thus, the
current research aims to identify the influence of women’s status on birth interval in Indonesia context. The data
employed in this study is taken from the 2007 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey. The number of sample
used is 32.985 ever married women. The multinomial logistic regression is chosen for analysing the data since the
dependent variables (birth interval) are categorical. The results of this study shows that educational level, wealth
index and the involvement of women in decision making related to the health services acquirement influences birth
interval.

Keywords


Birth interval, Women’s status, Multinomial logistic regression

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14203/widyariset.15.1.2012.197–206

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