Accepted paper:

Determinants of Married Female Adolescents Reproductive Problems in Bangladesh

Authors:

Mahmudul Hasan (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh)

Paper short abstract:

The incidence of maternal mortality in Bangladesh is recently falling but it is still beyond the expectation. Majority of married adolescents are poorly educated and lacking from their childbearing knowledge. This paper will explore the factors associated with the problems and appropriate remedies.

Paper long abstract:

The socio-political well being of female adolescents' reproductive problems in Bangladesh is largely remained to be studied. The incidence of maternal mortality in Bangladesh is recently decreasing; however though, it is still beyond the expectation in compare with that of the developed countries. Majority of married women in Bangladesh are poorly educated and lacking from their childbearing and its related knowledge significantly. In fact, the inadequate reproductive health- cares facilities, lacks of educational opportunities; moreover, the cultural traditions in Bangladesh are accounted for responsibility. The main focuses of the paper are to find out the causes and consequences of health problems of married female adolescents in Bangladesh and there by their gender preference, socio-religious backgrounds and individual family cultures; their awareness of child bearing and health care. The data from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS-2007) will be used in this study, which has been collected on a nationally representative multistage cluster sampling. The women in developed countries in contrast are most aware of these issues and receiving proper medical care as the need. It is evident that the reproductive health matters play crucial role in empowering of women life hood to achieve a happy society. However, the pragmatic studies on this important event in Bangladesh are largely remained to be explored. It is therefore imperative to investigate the socio-demographic, socio-economic and political profile of women at the age group of 10-19 years in Bangladesh and identify appropriate strategies to reduce such heart rendering problems in our society.

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Health and emerging regional demographic trends