How the Community Shapes Unmet Need for Modern Contraception: An Analysis of 44 Demographic and Health Surveys

Nicholas Metheny, Rob Stephenson

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Abstract

Unmet need for modern contraception is a major public health concern in resource-constrained countries. Recent research supports the application of social-ecological theories to explain how characteristics of a woman's community shape modern contraception use. However, this research focuses largely on individual countries and uses a limited number of community-level effects. We fitted three random-effects logistic regression models to examine associations between 13 community-level variables and the odds of reporting unmet need, unmet need for spacing, and unmet need for limiting for all parous, female respondents in 44 DHS surveys collected in 2010–2015 (n=528,101). Community variables explain significant variance in unmet need between communities. Associations between community variables and unmet need differ by urban and rural residence. The results highlight several commonalities in how the community shapes unmet need across resource-constrained settings and may help in designing structural-level interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-251
Number of pages17
JournalStudies in Family Planning
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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