REPRODUCTIVE KNOWLEDGE OF MARRIED ADOLESCENT FEMALES IN BANGLADESH
This paper examines the effects of background, environmental, and experiential variables on accumulated reproductive knowledge of married adolescent females in Bangladesh. Multiple studies have examined knowledge of HIV/AIDS but general reproductive health knowledge has largely been ignored. This paper uses data from the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee's 2005 Bangladesh Adolescent Survey to examine characteristics of married adolescent females (10-24 years of age) that are associated with higher levels of reproductive knowledge. Increased education, earning potential (through training), freedom to move about the community, and delayed marriage all are associated with higher reproductive knowledge scores. These findings suggest that continued focus on increasing human capital of females, through education and training, would be beneficial to reproductive knowledge outcomes. Additionally, there is opportunity to incorporate general reproductive education into existing HIV/AIDS education campaigns.
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