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Fertility intention of married women in Nigeria: exploring the role of subjective wellbeing

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 9, Issue (1), Pages 6-14, January,14 (2020)


The decision to give birth is a key life decision especially for women and it could be influenced by a myriad of factors. Recently, there has been strong intellectual interest in exploring the relationship between fertility intention and subjective wellbeing in developed countries but few such studies exist in less developed countries particularly Nigeria. Leveraging on data from one of the few surveys in the country that collects data on the life satisfaction and subjective wellbeing of individuals, this study explored the influence of family life satisfaction and other components of subjective wellbeing on fertility intention of currently married women in Nigeria. Data from the 5th round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was analyzed using Stata 14 (n=3414), it involved univariate analysis and multivariate analysis where binary logistic regression models were fitted. The result showed that satisfaction with family life and life satisfaction expectation one year from the time of the survey have a significant influence on fertility intention among married women, other factors that have a significant influence on fertility intention include work status, parity, and wealth Index. The study concluded that subjective wellbeing has an influence on the fertility intention of married women in Nigeria.


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