Predicting contraceptive method usage among women in west Scotland


Hunt K & Annandale E (1990) Predicting contraceptive method usage among women in west Scotland. Journal of Biosocial Science, 22 (4), pp. 405-421.

Users of the six major methods of contraception are compared across a broad range of variables using data from a community sample. Differences between the groups were apparent for a range of socioeconomic and reproductive variables, and current users of the various methods also differed in their past use of contraception. Users of barrier methods fared particularly well. Few differences were observed for current health status or for the sociocultural variables examined, although users of natural methods differed from all others in their religious affiliation and commitment. Discriminant analysis showed that the most predictive variables distinguishing women who had opted for permanent methods of contraception (female sterilization and vasectomy) were the woman’s stated reason for using her current method and her past contraceptive patterns; the inclusion of social, health and reproductive indicators did little to improve the prediction. It is argued that heightened expectations for contraceptive efficacy in the face of increasing concerns about long-term health consequences have contributed to the increased use of permanent methods. © 1990, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

Journal of Biosocial Science: Volume 22, Issue 4

Publication date31/12/1990