Determinants of Adolescent Fertility in Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Globally, the problem of adolescent fertility has not yet given due attention and its solutions remain far fetched as its determinants vary in terms of sociodemographic, cultural, economic, political, environmental and other related factors from country to country.
In Oromia Region of Ethiopia, this study has revealed that the adolescent girls' current age, religious affiliation, educational attainment level, wealth status, exposure to the media and marital status together explain approximately 87% of the overall variation in giving additional childbirths to the already total number of children ever born.
To this end, both descriptive and inferential statistical tests were employed using SPSS version 25 software to analyze secondary data generated by designing and conducting the Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey of 2016.
Among these predictor variables identified as determinants of their fertility, marital status appears to proximate those variables under investigation.
Consequently, the evidence partly justifies the arguments of the John Bongaart Model of 1984.
Therefore, concerned stakeholders in Ethiopia, Africa continent and international levels should work closely.
Sebsib is a Senior Researcher, Social Consultant and Lecturer at Addis Ababa University.
He also worked as consultancies for the World Bank, international and indigenous NGOs in Ethiopia, and for CGIAR in Africa and Columbia University and then published scholarly article evaluated as an innovative contribution with impact on Africa and beyond.