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Socio-demographic and behavioural profile of woman in polygamous relationships in South Africa: a retrospective analysis of the 2002 population-based household survey data

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-11T14:22:12Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-11T14:22:12Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-07 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/13345
dc.description.abstract The prevalence and effect of polygamous relationships may have serious reproductive and /or health consequences for women. In South Africa, unlike in other sub-Saharan countries, no nationwide survey has investigated polygamy except for the 2002 HIV/AIDS population-based household survey. The aim of this study was to profile socio-demographic and behavioural characteristics associated with women in polygamous relationships in South Africa using the 2002 survey data. The survey data were collected using a multi-stage stratified cluster randomised sampling design. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess the relationship between polygamy, and selected socio-demographic and behavioural factors. Of 1437 women who responded to the question on polygamy, 8.3% reported being in a polygamous marriage. Women in polygamous marriages were significantly less likely to have tertiary education [OR = 0.03(95% CI: 0.00-0.28), p = 0.003], to have money for food and clothes [OR = 0.12 (95% CI: 0.06-0.27), p < 0.001], to have a sexual partner five years younger [OR = 0.10 (95% CI: 0.01-0.94), p = 0.044] or sexual partner within 5 years older or younger [OR = 0.35 (95% CI: 0.13-0.991), p = 0.032]. They were also significantly more likely to have two or more sexual partners [OR = 20.42 (95% CI: 1.10-379.89), p = 0.043]. The finding that polygamy is associated with uneducated and women of low economic means, who have relationships with older men and multiple sexual partners warrants further attention. Contemporary studies on polygamy are needed in South Africa. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject POLYGAMY en
dc.subject MARRIAGE en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.title Socio-demographic and behavioural profile of woman in polygamous relationships in South Africa: a retrospective analysis of the 2002 population-based household survey data en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber PBBBBB en
dc.Volume 18 en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Deputy CEO: Research en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle BMC Women's Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10702 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9732 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mabaso, M.L.H., Malope, N.F. & Simbayi, L.C. (2019) Socio-demographic and behavioural profile of woman in polygamous relationships in South Africa: a retrospective analysis of the 2002 population-based household survey data . <i>BMC Women's Health</i>. 18:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mabaso, M.L.H. en
dc.contributor.author2 Malope, N.F. en
dc.contributor.author3 Simbayi, L.C. en


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