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Do adolescent girls in Bangladesh make childbearing decision by themselves?

June 30, 2016

A recent qualitative study (by our colleagues Shahabuddin ASM, Therese Delvaux and Vincent De Brouwere), aimed at exploring the factors that influence married adolescent girls’ decision-making process in relation to contraceptive methods use and childbearing in Bangladesh, explored that adolescent girls had very low decision-making autonomy towards contraceptive methods use and childbearing. Decisions were mainly made by either their husbands or mothers-in-law. When husbands were unemployed and financially dependent on their parents, then the mothers-in-law played most important role for contraceptive use and childbearing decisions. Lack of reproductive health knowledge, lack of negotiation and communication ability with husbands and family members, and mistrust towards contraceptive methods also appeared as influential factors against using contraception resulting in early childbearing among married adolescent girls in Bangladesh. Find the full paper here..