Fertility Variation in Southern Thailand: 2002-2005

Pattama Arwae, Chamnein Choonpradub, Nittaya McNeil


This study investigated variations in total fertility by religion and east-west location in Southern Thailand. Four provinces were selected for study (one mostly Muslim and one mostly non-Muslim). Data were obtained from birth certificates include month of birth, age group of mother, district of registration of birth and Muslim majority and Muslim minority locations from 2002-2005. Female population resident counts were obtained from the 2000 Thai Population and Housing Census. Districts were classified according to east-west location and percent Muslim. Logistic regression was used to model the effects of age group, region and period on the fertility in each 3-month quarter. Overall, the fertility rate of women where the percent Muslim was more than 80% was higher than that where the percent Muslim was less than 20%. Muslim mothers on the east coast had a higher fertility rate than those on the west coast, but there is evidence that there fertility decreased over the study period and reached replacement level by 2006.

Full Text:


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v5n6p82

Copyright (c)

Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)    Email: ass@ccsenet.org 

Copyright © Canadian Center of Science and Education 

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'ccsenet.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.