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Racial Differences in Contraceptive Choice: Complexity and Implications

Citation

Stephen, Elizabeth Hervey; Rindfuss, Ronald R.; & Bean, Frank D. (1988). Racial Differences in Contraceptive Choice: Complexity and Implications. Demography, 25(1), 53-70.

Abstract

Previous research has failed to generate consensus about why black fertility has persistently exceeded that of whites in the United States. In an effort to shed light on this question, this article examines black/white differences in sociodemographic factors affecting contraceptive choice. Using data from the 1976 and 1982 National Surveys of Family Growth, we find a complex pattern of black/white differences. Not only does contraceptive choice vary by race, but the effects of such variables as age, marital status, and education also differ between blacks and whites. For example, compared with whites, black married women avoid coital methods, and compared with blacks, white women shift contraceptive behavior more as they change marital status. The complex nature of the racial differences in contraceptive choice are interpreted as reflecting differences in marriage patterns and trends.

URL

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Racial+Differences+in+Contraceptive+Choice%3A+Complexity+and+Implications

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Demography

Author(s)

Stephen, Elizabeth Hervey
Rindfuss, Ronald R.
Bean, Frank D.

Year Published

1988

Volume Number

25

Issue Number

1

Pages

53-70

Reference ID

740