Family planning in the Jewish population of Israel: Correlates of withdrawal use

Barbara S. Okun*

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Abstract

This report describes trends and differentials in contraceptive practices among Israeli Jews. Data from two fertility surveys show a heavy reliance on the IUD, little use of sterilization, and declining, but still significant use of withdrawal. The factors associated with the practice of withdrawal are explored. Evidence is found in support of Santow's hypotheses that the degree of sex-role differentiation within marriage and the belief that men hold the authority in reproductive decisionmaking are both positively related to the practice of withdrawal. Fear of oral contraceptives, a dislike of sterilization, and a reliance on the IUD only at greater parities imply a continuing role for withdrawal, especially among Israeli Jewish couples in which wives are less educated and have more traditional sex roles than the wives in other couples.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)215-227
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Family Planning
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997

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