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Marriage Type and Reproductive Decisions: A Comparative Study in Sub-Saharan Africa

F. Nii-Amoo Dodoo
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 232-242
DOI: 10.2307/353454
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353454
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Abstract

The effect of marriage type—polygamy versus monogamy—on reproductive decisions is investigated using comparative data from the 1988, 1989, and 1993 Demographic and Health Surveys of Ghana and Kenya. The data provide no consistent support for the hypothesized negative effect of polygamy on women's ability to implement their fertility preferences. Rather, there appears to be some evidence of a stronger female influence, particularly in the polygamous 1989 Kenya sample, and a weak male advantage is discernible primarily in the monogamous samples.

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