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Women, microcredit and family planning practices: a case study from rural Ghana.

Abstract

This paper examines the influence of informal banking club participation on family planning practices in rural Ghana. Research from Asia suggests that family planning practices are improved by club participation. This study examines this thesis in an African context, using rural Ghana as a case study. A sample of 204 women (19 years and older) was drawn from Abokobi village, Ghana. Multivariate analyses of direct, mediating and moderating effects of women’s demographic background characteristics, membership status and length, and women’s empowerment status as predictors of family planning practices are assessed. Findings suggest that club membership and membership length is not associated with family planning practices; however, age, education level, number of children and empowerment status are.

Authors

Norwood C

Source

Journal of Asian and African studies 46:2 2011 pg 169-83

MeSH

Economics
Family Planning Policy
Family Planning Services
Ghana
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Power (Psychology)
Rural Health
Rural Population
Women
Women's Health
Women's Rights

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21901899