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A Model of Fertility Control In A Puerto Rican Community

Stephen L. Schensul, Maria Borrero, Victoria Barrera, Jeffrey Backstrand and Peter Guarnaccia
Urban Anthropology
Vol. 11, No. 1, Action Research and Health Systems Change In An Inner-City Puerto Rican Community (SPRING 1982), pp. 81-99
Published by: Institute, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40552966
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A Model of Fertility Control In A Puerto Rican Community
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Abstract

Recent research carried out by the Hispanic Health Council has revealed a high sterilization rate of Puerto Rican female heads or co-heads of households in Hartford, Connecticut. This paper views sterilization within the context of fertility control in general and attempts to identify those cultural, community and individual factors associated with fertility decisions in the Puerto Rican community. Using both quantitative survey data and qualitative in-depth interviews these issues are sorted out in an inner city community faced with high socioeconomic stress and limited resources.

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