Socioeconomic and Cultural Differentials of Contraceptive Usage in West Bengal

  • Evidence from National Family Health Survey Data
  • Ismail Haque, Priyank Pravin Patel
  • Journal of Family History, February 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0363199015572753

Socioeconomic and Cultural Differentials of Contraceptive Usage

What is it about?

Contraception, the prevention of pregnancy through temporary or permanent means, can act as an effective instrument for achieving population stabilization in any region. The present study deals with the socioeconomic and cultural differentials influencing contraceptive use among presently married women aged between 20-49 years currently in the state of West Bengal, India, as discerned from National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-3 (2005-06) data.

Why is it important?

The fundamental findings of the current study were that among the various socio-economic and cultural factors, the most important ones that persuaded contraceptive use and choices among women were their number of living children, wealth index, media exposure and degree of women empowerment. Results from the logistic regression analysis further reveals that the influence of women’s educational level on contraceptive use remains highly significant even after factoring in other socio-economic and cultural variables.

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The following have contributed to this page: Mr ISMAIL HAQUE and Dr Priyank P Patel