ERIC Number: ED170673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
New Directions in Family Planning Policy.
Johnson, Frank C.; Johnson, May R.
Data from two research studies in Newfoundland, Canada are summarized. The first study examined divorced persons and their family patterns. It was found that numbers and timing of children did not affect marital stability, and neither did whether children were born before or during the current marriage. But whether the children were planned had a statistically significant effect on the stability of the marriage. The second study looked at single parents, using the same fertility variables. A similar effect on marital stability was found. The conclusions drawn from these data were: (1) There is a definite lack of clarity as to what is family planning policy and what is actually population policy. Family planning policy must be clarified and personalized. (2) Many policies are unplanned and unintentional. Policies need to be made more positive, and more related to other family policies. (3) There needs to be a shift in focus, from improving contraceptive technology to emphasizing personal decision making. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-22, 1978)