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Do Fertility Intentions Predict Subsequent Behavior? Evidence from Peninsular Malaysia

Poo Chang Tan and Nai Peng Tey
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 25, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 1994), pp. 222-231
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2137905
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137905
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Abstract

Data from the 1984 Malaysian Population and Family Survey were matched with birth registration records for 1985-87 to determine the accuracy of statements regarding desired family size that were reported in a household survey in predicting subsequent reproductive behavior. The findings of this study were that stated fertility intention provides fairly accurate forecasts of fertility behavior in the subsequent period. In other words, whether a woman has another child is predicted closely by whether she wanted an additional child. Informational, educational, and motivational activities of family planning programs would, therefore, have greater success in reducing family size if fertility intentions were taken into account.

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