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|Migration consequences on marital behaviour in Kenya|
||Charles Ochola Omondi
||Journal of Geography and Regional Planning , Vol. 5(2), pp. 61-67, 18 January, 2012, DOI: 10.5897/JGRP11.058
||This paper analysed the relationship between migration process and marital behaviour in Kenya. Data
for analysis came from the Kenya Demographic and Health Surveys (KDHS) of 1988/89 and 1993. The
hypothesis was that, women who migrate comprise those that act rationally to maximise other lifetime
aspirations at the expense of reproductive behaviours. That is, migrants are involved in behaviours
that negatively influence fertility determining factor of marriage compared to that of never-migrants.
The paper contended that, migration dynamics are important in determining reproductive behaviour of
women through time and space. The methods of estimating the association between migration
process and marital behaviours were undertaken through several analysis techniques: Singulate mean
age at marriage (SMAM); ordinary least squares (OLS) and; logistic regression (LR). Singulate mean
age at marriage estimated patterns of marriage by migration status by background variables. Ordinary
least square regression was used to identify the impact of migration process on marriage behaviour
relative to other factors. Logistic regression determined the probability that a woman will marry early
or late among the migrants and never-migrants. Findings confirmed that migration negatively affects
age at first marriage. Migrants marry relatively late compared to never-migrants.
Key words: Migration process, marriage behaviour, consequences, Kenya.
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