Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Towards Contraception Among Rural Mozambican Women
by Ganley, Caitlan, M.P.H., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2013, 63; 1537301
Abstract (Summary)

Much of Sub-Saharan Africa lags behind the world in reproductive health. The nine villages surrounding Gorongosa are remote rural villages with very limited access to health care, and contraceptive options. A survey regarding the health of women and children in the community was created and every woman between the ages of 15, and 59 was surveyed, a total of 2438 in all. There were many sections but this thesis focuses on the results of the contraception and family planning segment. In this population only 4% of women are using any form of family planning, 8.2% state they would like to, but only 3% state a desire to become pregnant at the point of the survey. Only 17.2% can name a method of contraception, and 27% believe that temporary contraception can lead to permanent infertility. Significant associations were found between knowledge and positive beliefs about contraception and use, or a desire to use contraception, indicating there is a role for educational programs to help inform women of their options and give them the opportunity for reproductive self-determination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Littman, Lisa
Commitee: Anandaraja, Natasha
School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department: Public Health
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Health education
Keywords: Community health worker, Contraception, Family planning, Mozambique
Publication Number: 1537301
ISBN: 978-1-303-08033-3
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