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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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TAVARES, Carlos Mendes; CAMARANO, Ana Amelia  e  ABREU, Luiz Carlos de. Cape verdean women's fertility - West Africa. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2008, vol.18, n.1, pp. 1-10. ISSN 0104-1282.

A country's fertility levels are part of a list of indicators that guide the formulation of public policies, in view of population reduction and population aging. An increase in fertility may indicate the population's lack of access to reproductive health information and services. Therefore, our aim is to analyze Cape Verdean women's fertility and the contribution of proximal determinants of fertility. The analysis and measurement of the behavior of the women's fertility were performed through indirect methods of fertility estimation based on census data. The analysis of the parameters near fertility was based on DHS (1998). The data showed a reduction of 1.7, 1.5 and 1.6 children per woman at the end of the reproductive period according to the three methods (Brass, Arriaga and Gompertz) between 1990 and 2000. Rates were higher for women who lived in rural areas. Fertility has been decreasing in the country and the use of contraceptives was the most relevant parameter regarding the fertility decline process of women from Cape Verde, Africa.

Palavras-chave : Fertility rate; contraception; Western Africa.

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