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ERIC Number: ED139554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
A Survey of Fertility Histories and Contraceptive Use Among a Group of Navajo Women. Lake Powell Research Project Bulletin No. 21, June 1976.
Kunitz, Stephen J.
In an effort to determine female Navajo fertility histories, patterns of contraceptive use, educational levels, residence patterns, and modes of communication re: family planning, a five-part questionnaire (personal data, marital history, pregnancy history, knowledge of contraception, and comments on family planning) was administered to 42 women in LeChee, 34 in Red Lake, and 63 in South Tuba (the northwestern portion of the Navajo Reservation). Respondents were 18 years of age or older and they did not constitute a randomized sample. Results indicated: fertility had been and continued to be high, having fluctuated in the past with economic conditions but gradually declining; peak fertility was lower and occurred at younger ages than in the past; contraceptive use was as common among young women with few children as it was among older women with many children; desired family size among young women was declining but was still large; communication about the use of contraception appeared to be limited among women and between spouses (there was evidence of correlation between residence patterns and discussion of contraception); the majority favored improvement of existing family planning programs; older women felt family planning should be used primarily in the case of health jeopardy; younger women wanted more and better information than is currently available. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona