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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.

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  • Authors

    Norwood C

    Institution

    University of Cincinnati.

    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