Relevance of the socio-economic fertility synthesis in Bangladesh.
The author presents background information on fertility trends and family planning adoption in Bangladesh as an introduction to analyzing fertility determinants, including desired family size and socioeconomic factors. Socioeconomic variables considered include place of residence, educational status, occupation, religion, and marriage duration. These factors were found to have an impact on knowledge and practice of family planning. However, the use of family planning methods is associated with the desire to space births rather than to reduce family size. Data are from the 1978 Bangladesh Fertility Survey and concern 844 women aged 35-44 years who have been married only once.