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Type Working Paper - AAS Open Research
Title Single motherhood, social independence and non-communicable disease (NCD) outcomes among young females (15-24 years old) in South Africa
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2021
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) acquired during youth follow into and affect adulthood. The association between young mother’s social independence and NCD status is of policy interest due to its effect on economic and social development. This study aimed to determine the causal relationship between social independence and NCD outcomes among young, single mothers in South Africa. : Data from the South African National Income Dynamics Survey (NIDS) in 2008 and 2017 was used to determine if single mothers developed hypertension, diabetes or asthma by various indicators of social independence, including highest level of education and employment status. The sample was initially made-up of
unmarried females (15-24 years old) without any children in 2008. Both fertility and social independence was followed-up to 2017.

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