Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 245

Is Young Maternal Age a Risk Factor for Sexually
Transmitted Diseases and Anemia in India? An
Examination in Urban and Rural Areas

N. Kavitha



The present research work aims to study the effect of young maternal age on the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and anemia using NFHS-3 data. The bi-variate analysis showed that women who had their first birth during adolescence reported higher prevalence of STDs and anemia than women who had their first birth at later ages in both settings. The multivariate findings revealed that the likelihood of prevalence STDs and anemia (urban areas) was higher among adolescent women than among adult women.

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