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Title: Reproductive Health In India : An Empowerment Model
Author: Wei, Fanghsun
Abstract: This study examined the effects of social and economic factors on women's reproductive health in India. Primarily, the study analyzed data from the India Human Development Survey I (IHDS-I 2004-2005). Several statistical methods were used to analyze the data, including descriptive analysis, regression, structural equation modeling (SEM), and multinomial regression. The regression result suggests that social capital, spousal communication, region, autonomy, and accessibility all have significant positive effects on women's reproductive health in India. The SEM suggests that all independent variables have significant effects on women's reproductive health. Multinomial regression offers similar results as regression. Income has no effect on women's reproductive health between women from a low income (-110,000 rupees to 20,000 rupees) and middle income households (30,000 rupees to 50,000 rupees), but women from high-income households (60,000 rupees to 6,520,000 rupees) have significant improvement in reproductive health than low-income women. The study discusses social work implications and limitations as well.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/11160
Date: 2012-07-25

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