Migration and, sexual and reproductive behaviour among young women in Ghana

Stephen O. Kwankye, University of Ghana

This paper uses data from the 2003 GDHS on women 15-24 years and attempts a comparison of migrants and non-migrants regarding their sexual and reproductive behaviour. It examines the variation between migrants and non-migrant young women in terms of the timing of first sex, first birth, condom use at first and last sex and pregnancy termination and investigates the factors that explain these variations. It tests the hypothesis that young migrant women are more likely to initiate sexual intercourse earlier than non-migrants. Again, condom use at last sexual intercourse is higher among young non-migrant women relative to their migrant counterparts. Among other things, the study finds migrants more likely to use condoms at both first and last sexual intercourse relative to non-migrants but finds not statistically significant variation between the two groups regarding pregnancy termination although a higher proportion of migrants than non-migrants reported ever terminating a pregnancy.

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