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Fertility Intentions and Behavior: Some Findings from Taiwan

N. K. Nair and L. P. Chow
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 11, No. 7/8 (Jul. - Aug., 1980), pp. 255-263
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/1966243
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1966243
Page Count: 9
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Fertility Intentions and Behavior: Some Findings from Taiwan
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Abstract

Couples' behavioral conformity to their stated reproductive intentions has been investigated using longitudinal data from Taiwan during 1974-77. Desire for additional children was the most important predictor of fertility. Couples who did not desire additional fertility appeared to make a greater effort to avoid pregnancy than others, but negative intentions seem to have been considerably disregarded, even though contraceptives were abundantly available. A majority of those who desired additional children in 1974 had changed their intentions to no additional children by 1978.

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