Religiosity and contraceptive method choice: The Jewish population of Israel

Barbara S. Okun*

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The primary purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between religiosity and contraceptive method choice, among users of contraception. We analyze a representative sample of 1,751 married urban Israeli Jewish women interviewed in 1987-1988. Our findings indicate that the contraceptive choices of religious women are determined largely by considerations unrelated to religious doctrine. A combination of factors, including the suitability of specific methods to fertility control needs, peer influences, and other cultural effects, appear to modify the acceptance and application of a particular religious theology.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)109-132
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Journal of Population
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Appeared also in "Israel's Destiny: Fertility and Mortality in a Divided Society" (2007) 165-187.

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • Orthodox Jews -- Israel
  • Women -- Israel -- Social conditions


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