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Family Planning in the Jewish Population of Israel: Correlates of Withdrawal Use
Barbara S. Okun
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sep., 1997), pp. 215-227
Published by: Population Council
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137889
Page Count: 13
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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.
Studies in Family Planning © 1997 Population Council