Fertility regulation as identity maintenance: Understanding the social aspects of birth control.


Marston, C; Renedo, A; Nyaaba, GN; (2017) Fertility regulation as identity maintenance: Understanding the social aspects of birth control. Journal of health psychology. p. 1359105317726367. ISSN 1359-1053 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317726367

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Abstract

We take a dialogical approach to exploring fertility regulation practices and show how they can maintain or express social identity. We identify three themes in educated Ghanaian women's accounts of how they navigate conflicting social demands on their identity when trying to regulate fertility: secrecy and silence - hiding contraception use and avoiding talking about it; tolerating uncertainty - such as using unreliable but more socially acceptable contraception; and wanting to be fertile and protecting menses. Family planning programmes that fail to tackle such social-psychological obstacles to regulating fertility will risk reproducing social spaces where women struggle to claim their reproductive rights.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 28925281
Web of Science ID: 419951100009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4398777

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