Journal Article

Religious Affiliation, Marital Processes and Women's Educational Attainment in a Developing Society

Baffour K. Takyi and Isaac Addai

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 63, issue 2, pages 177-193
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712564
Religious Affiliation, Marital Processes and Women's Educational Attainment in a Developing Society

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This study uses data from the 1993/94 Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) to explore the interrelationship between religious affiliation and women's educational attainment in one developing country — Ghana. To capture the interplay between state, religion and female educational achievement, logistic regression techniques were employed to assess whether religion influenced the acquisition of some education among women born during three different time periods: 1944–58, 1959–68, and 1969–78. The findings from the bivariate models confirm the importance of religion in educational attainment in Ghana. Similarly, in the multivariate analysis we observed that religion had an impact on whether a woman had an education or not, although the effects were not significant for access to higher education. Besides religion, childhood residence in an urban area, and later age at marriage were all associated with some schooling and higher levels of education. The policy implications of the findings are discussed.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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