Parents and Family Planning Services

Paperback | September 24, 2009

byAnn Cartwright

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Parents and Family Planning Services focuses on parents of a sample of newborns in twelve areas of England and Wales during the 1970s. The parents were asked about their contraceptive practices, attitudes toward different methods of birth control, and opinions of-and experience with-different types of services. General practitioners, health visitors, and doctors at family planning clinics were interviewed about their views and practices. This juxtaposition of the attitudes of parents and professionals highlights the reasons why people do not use effective methods of birth control, and leads to suggestions as to how they could be helped to do so.

Several chapters discuss fathers' attitudes and actions, the views of parents and professionals, and the influence of religion, social class, education, and geographic location. The final chapter is concerned with possible changes in contraceptive habits, and the ways in which services can develop to help more women avoid unwanted pregnancies. The work has ongoing policy implications, and also indicates how attitudes and change evolve over time.

Parents and Family Planning Services is predicated on the assumption that unwanted fertility is to be avoided. It underscores the need for a proliferation of different sorts of services: more clinics, an increase in the help and advice given at hospitals, the development of a supportive and integrated home service. This volume is a significant contribution to the literature in this vital field. It remains essential reading for both professionals and concerned policy personnel, particularly those interested in the evolution of policy and practice.

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Parents and Family Planning Services focuses on parents of a sample of newborns in twelve areas of England and Wales during the 1970s. The parents were asked about their contraceptive practices, attitudes toward different methods of birth control, and opinions of-and experience with-different types of services. General practitioners, h...

Ann Cartwright was research director of the Medical Care Research Unit at the Institute of Community Studies. Previously, she served as a lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Social Medicine at Edinburgh University. Some of her other books include Human Relations and Hospital Care, Patients and Their Doctors, Life Before D...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 24, 2009Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202363201

ISBN - 13:9780202363202

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Table of Contents

I INTRODUCTION
II PREGNANCIES AND CONTRACEPTION
III SOME BARRIERS TO THE USE OF MORE EFFECTIVE METHODS OF CONTRACEPTION
IV SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ADVICE
V HELP AND ADVICE FROM GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
VI VIEWS OF THE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
VII SOME VARIATIONS BETWEEN GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
VIII FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS IN THE STUDY AREAS
IX MOTHERS' VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES OF CLINICS
X HEALTH VISITORS
XI FATHERS AND HUSBANDS
XII VIEWS OF PARENTS AND DIFFERENT PROFESSIONALS
XIII THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGION
XV THE FUTURE
APPENDICES
1 Selection of study areas, births, mothers and fathers
2 The sample of general practitioners
3 The sample of health visitors
4 Selection of clinics and doctors
5 Score on predicted action by general practitioners and health visitors
6 Statistical significance and sampling errors
7 Classification of social class
8 References
INDEX