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The Effects of Race and Socio-Economic Status on Family Planning

Jack L. Roach, Lionel S. Lewis and Murray A. Beauchamp
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 8, No. 1 (Mar., 1967), pp. 40-45
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948490
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Abstract

This paper examines the relative strength of race and socioeconomic status as predictors of family planning behavior. Information about the contraceptive behavior of 1,000 clients of a planned parenthood agency was used to determine if differences between races basically reflect socio-economic differences, as is usually assumed. It was found that race rather than socio-economic status accounted for most of the variance. The implications of this finding are discussed. It appears necessary to give as much attention to race as to socio-economic status in research on a combined Negro and white population.

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