Table 3

Coefficient of demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural variables on number of children ever born: Multivariate analysis.

Predictors

All women

Women aged 40-49


Coefficient

t-value

Coefficient

t-value


Current Age

0.502

59.5***

0.093

4.8***


Age at first marriage

-0.152

-20.0***

-0.127

-6.5***


Perceived ideal number of children

0.026

3.6***

0.038

2.0*


Place of residence Urban (ref.)

Rural

0.020

2.5*

0.048

2.2*


Ecological zones Mountain (ref.)

Hill

-0.028

-1.9

-0.104

-2.7**

Terai

-0.027

-1.8

-0.095

-2.4*


Literacy status Illiterate (ref.)

Literate

-0.048

-5.4***

-0.079

-3.7***


Occupation Not working (ref.)

Agricultural sector

0.009

0.9

0.015

0.52

Non-agricultural sector

-0.015

-1.6

-0.001

-.05


Religion Hindu (ref.)

Muslim

0.066

8.8***

0.146

7.6***

Other

0.001

0.13***

-0.38

-1.9*


Mass media exposure No exposure (ref.)

One media (either radio or TV) exposure

-0.004

-0.29

-0.030

-1.02

Both (radio and TV) exposure

-0.049

-3.68***

-0.061

-1.96*


Wealth Status Poor/poorest (ref.)

Middle

-0.070

-8.5***

-0.102

-4.83***

Rich/Richest

-0.121

-12.3***

-0.153

-6.16***


Knowledge about FP Lower (ref.)

Higher

-0.001

-0.13

0.017

0.80


Ever used of FP methods Never used (ref.)

Ever used

0.081

10.5***

0.107

5.29***


Household headship Male headed (ref.)

Female headed

-0.016

-2.2*

-0.038

-1.9*


Experience of child death No (ref.)

Yes

0.311

38.9***

0.388

19.73***


N

8644

2007


R-Square

0.597***

0.325***


Note *** Significant at P < 0.001; ** = p < 0.01 and * = p < 0.05

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