5183.0 Contextual Factors Influencing Fertility Decisions

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 12:30 PM
This session will examine how fertility-related decisions are made in different cultures, ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The first panelist will explore how the power structure within Ethiopian families and communities shape family planning decisions and practices. The second presentation will analyze economic status and fertility and other family-formation attitudes among men and women to determine if an economic-based framework is applicable across population subgroups. The third panelist will present results of a study explaining pregnancy ambivalence among married couples in Indonesia. The final presentation will analyze the effect of partner characteristics on women’s decision to seek abortion.
Session Objectives: 1) Assess the power structure within Ethiopian families and communities which shape family planning decisions 2) Describe difference in attitudes related to childbearing as they pertain to women and men of different socioeconomic position 3) Discuss program implications for providing services to ambivalent contraceptive users 4) Analyze which partner specific qualities are most important to a woman’s decision to seek an abortion

12:30 PM
Gender and Fertility Related Decisions in Ethiopian Families
Dawit Belew, MD MPH, Martha Wood, MPH and Luis Tam, MD DrPH
12:50 PM
Couple's pregnancy ambivalence in Indonesia
Janine L. Barden-O'Fallon, PhD and Ilene S. Speizer, PhD, MHS
1:30 PM
Influence of partner characteristics and partner perceptions on women's reproductive choices
Farzana Kapadia, PhD, Stanley K. Henshaw, PhD, Cecily Stokes-Prindle, BS and Lawrence B. Finer, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing