Fertility and religion in Malaysia / Rohayatimah Muhammad Tahir

Muhammad Tahir, Rohayatimah (2012) Fertility and religion in Malaysia / Rohayatimah Muhammad Tahir. In: Seminar Penggunaan Data-data Hasil Penyelidikan Dari Persepsi Ke Realiti, 23 October 2012, Hotel Palm Garden IOI Resort, Putrajaya. (Unpublished)

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This paper presents a summary of literature review on the subject of religious fertility differential for a research at the Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya and initial results from investigations using the MPFS 41 (Semenanjung Malaysia) data. Conceptual frameworks due to Davis and Blake (1956) and Bongaarts (1978) are used to construct a framework of data analysis, using SPSS, concentrating on one-way ANOVA and Stepwise Multiple Regression. Basically, we look at one intermediate variable, age-at-firt-marriage, of Muslims, Buddhists/followers of other traditional Chinese religions, Hindus and Christians. We also compare the mean number of children ever-born (CEB), our measure of fertility, among these religious groups. Finally, the influence of religion on age-at-firt-marriage is compared to that of education level, pre-marital working experience and place of residence. Similar to studies done elsewhere, Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia have the highest fertility level and the lowest age at first marriage. Is this finding worrying, for it is generally accepted that high fertility is associated with low economic growth, at the very least? What role does religion play in all this? On the other hand, fertility is falling globally. Chamie (2011: last para) even anticipated an earlier peak in world population with greater pace of decline in fertility than the UN (2011) projection so that issues of a rapidly ageing society and change in racial composition, among others, will come to the fore earlier than anticipated. Maybe the way forward is to focus on consequenses of low fertility as opposed to its determinants.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: religion, fertility, Malaysia, mean number of children ever-born (CEB), age at first marriage
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Population
Deposited By: Mrs Nor Azaian Abdullah
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2012 06:44
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 04:25
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/234

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