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Population Dynamics and Family Planning

Arthur A. Campbell
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 30, No. 2, Family Planning and Fertility Control (May, 1968), pp. 202-206
DOI: 10.2307/349246
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349246
Page Count: 5
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Population Dynamics and Family Planning
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Abstract

During the past half-century, the fertility of the population of the United States has gone through a complete cycle. This paper describes the cycle itself and some of the factors that determine its timing and amplitude. The broad historical point of view is emphasized, and today's family-planning patterns are discussed in this context. The current decline in fertility is seen primarily as the foreseeable result of certain changes in fertility patterns that occurred in the past. The introduction of more effective methods of contraception has facilitated this decline, but is not its chief cause. Differences in family-planning practices of major socioeconomic groups are discussed.

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