Factors influencing childbearing intention among married women of reproductive age in Bueng Kan Province

Authors

  • Somkid Master of Public Health student, Sirindhon College of Public Health, Khon Kaen, Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute, Thailand
  • Dr. Kritkantorn Lecturer, Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Khon Kaen, Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute, Thailand
  • Dr. Supat Lecturer, Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Khon Kaen, Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute, Thailand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62992/c2gses88

Keywords:

Childbearing intention, Married women of reproductive age, Positive attitudes towards childbearing

Abstract

Background: Globally, the total fertility rate (TFR), the average of births per woman has declined from 3.2 in 1990 to 2.3 in 2020. There have been at least 23 countries whose population has decreased by 50%, including Thailand. Bueng Kan Province is one of Thai provinces experiencing the decline of birth rates. In 2012, there were 5,341 newborns, and the number decreased to 3,093 in 2021.

Objectives: This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the factors influencing childbearing intention among married women of reproductive age in Bueng Kan Province.

Methods: A total of 298 married women were selected by systematic random sampling process. A structured questionnaire was used. Descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression were used to determine the magnitude of childbearing intention and associated factors. The association was described with an Adjusted Odds Ratio (AOR) and 95% Confidence Interval (95% CI) at the statistically significant level of p-value< 0.05.                    

Results: The findings revealed that 20.81% (95 % CI: 16.33 to 25.86) of the sample intended to have children in the future. The factors influencing childbearing intention among married women of reproductive age were monthly income (AOR= 3.23, 95%CI: 1.23 to 8.42, p-value 0.016), and positive attitudes towards childbearing (AOR= 3.41, 95%CI: 2.27 to 5.11, p-value <0.001).

Conclusion: According to the results, income and positive attitudes play an important role in deciding to have children. Thus, government policies of childbearing should be established in order to promote fertility. Encouraging people to have positive attitudes towards childbearing should also be involved.

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Factors influencing childbearing intention among married women of reproductive age in Bueng Kan Province. IJPHAP [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 7 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];3(5):38-47. Available from: https://ijphap.com/index.php/home/article/view/68