Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 15, No. 1, 2017
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/7102.51.0180

The Theory of Multi-Phasic Demographic Response in the Context of Nigeria’s Fertility Regime: How Far and How Well?

Ayinmoro, Aboluwaji Daniel

Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


This paper examines the extent to which the theory of multi-phasic demographic response is applied to Nigeria’s fertility regime. The theory proposed that when declining mortality occurs in societies, it leads to sustained natural population increase such that every family will tend to use every demographic means possible to maximize new opportunities with the use of wide range of contraception. The descriptive study used data from NDHS, 2013. The results showed that the use of different contraceptive methods as demographic response is still low in Nigeria. Education and women empowerment are suggested for its full applicability in Nigeria’s fertility regime.
Keywords: Fertility, multiphasic response, stimulus, birth control, maximized opportunities


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