Studies in Family Planning
Studies in Family Planning is a peer-reviewed international quarterly concerned with all aspects of reproductive health, fertility regulation, and family planning programs in both developing and developed countries.
Each issue contains original research articles, reports, a commentary, book reviews, and a data section with findings for individual countries from the Demographic and Health Surveys.
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John Bongaarts, Chairman
Jeffrey B. Bingenheimer
Anrudh K. Jain
Johannes van Dam
George F. Brown, International Health Consultant
John C. Caldwell, Australian National University
Napaporn Chayovan, Chulalongkorn University
John G. Cleland, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland
Ezzeldin Osman Hassan, Egyptian Fertility Care Centre
Cheikh Mbacké, Dakar, Senegal
Irving Sivin, New York
Amy Ong Tsui, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Judith N. Wasserheit, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Xiao Bilian, National Research Institute for Family Planning, China
Studies in Family Planning
March 2014, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Full article access available to subscribers)
- Voluntary, Human Rights–Based Family Planning: A Conceptual Framework / Karen Hardee, Jan Kumar, Karen Newman, Lynn Bakamjian, Shannon Harris, Mariela Rodríguez, and Win Brown
At the 2012 Family Planning Summit in London, world leaders committed to providing effective family planning information and services to 120 million additional women and girls by the year 2020. Amid positive response, some expressed concern that the numeric goal could signal a retreat from the human rights-centered approach that underpinned the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Achieving the FP2020 goal will take concerted and coordinated efforts among diverse stakeholders and a new programmatic approach supported by the public health and human rights communities. This article presents a new conceptual framework designed to serve as a path toward fulfilling the FP2020 goal. This new unifying framework, which incorporates human rights laws and principles within family-planning-program and quality-of-care frameworks, brings what have been parallel lines of thought together in one construct to make human rights issues related to family planning practical. (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 1–18)
- Development and Validation of a Reproductive Autonomy Scale / Ushma D. Upadhyay, Shari L. Dworkin, Tracy A. Weitz, and Diana Greene Foster
No validated measures are currently available to assess women’s ability to achieve their reproductive intentions, also referred to as "reproductive autonomy." We developed and validated a multidimensional instrument that can measure reproductive autonomy. We generated a pool of 26 items and included them in a survey that was conducted among 1,892 women at 13 family planning and 6 abortion facilities in the United States. Fourteen items were selected through factor analysis and grouped into 3 subscales to form a Reproductive Autonomy Scale: freedom from coercion; communication; and decision-making. Construct validity was demonstrated by a mixed-effects model in which the freedom from coercion subscale and the communication subscale were inversely associated with unprotected sex in the past three months. This new Reproductive Autonomy Scale offers researchers a reliable instrument with which to assess a woman’s power to control matters regarding contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing, and to evaluate interventions to increase women’s autonomy domestically and globally. (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 19–41)
- Using Biomarkers to Assess the Validity of Sexual Behavior Reporting across Interview Modes among Young Women in Kampala, Uganda / Christine A. Kelly, Paul C. Hewett, Barbara S. Mensch, Johanna C. Rankin, Samuel L. Nsobya, Samuel Kalibala, and Pamela N. Kakande
Understanding the transmission dynamics of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is critically dependent on accurate behavioral data. This study investigates the effect of the mode of questionnaire delivery on the quality of sexual behavior reporting in a 2010 survey conducted in Kampala, Uganda, among 18–24-year-old women. We compare the reported prevalence of five sexual outcomes across three interview modes: traditional face-to-face interviewing (FTFI) in which question rewording was permitted, FTFI administered via computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) in which questions were read as written, and audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) in which participants listened to prerecorded questions and entered responses using a computer touchscreen. We then assess the validity of the data by evaluating the reporting of sexual experience against three biological markers. Results suggest that ACASI elicits higher reporting of some key indicators than FTFI does, but self-reports from all interview modes were subject to validity concerns when compared with biomarker data. The study highlights the important role that biomarkers can play in sexual behavior research. (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 43–58)
- Emergency Contraceptive Knowledge and Use among Urban Women in Nigeria and Kenya / Gwendolyn Morgan, Jill Keesbury, and Ilene Speizer
Rates of emergency contraceptive (EC) use in sub-Saharan Africa are highest in Kenya and Nigeria, although little is known about user characteristics and use dynamics in these countries. To better meet women’s emergency contraceptive needs and to contribute to the limited knowledge base regarding this method in Africa, this study examines data from a sample of EC users drawn from a large, representative household survey that included sexually experienced women in urban Kenya and Nigeria. Bivariate and multivariate analyses reveal greater knowledge of EC among these urban women than was reported in other nationally representative surveys. Recent users of EC were more likely to be in their 20s, unmarried, and more highly educated than never users or ever users of EC in both countries. Results contradict public perceptions of EC users as young adolescents and indicate the importance of strengthening EC provision in Africa, including targeting information and services to unmarried women and supporting private pharmacies in delivering quality services. (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 59–72)
- Developing the "120 by 20" Goal for the Global FP2020 Initiative / Win Brown, Nel Druce, Julia Bunting, Scott Radloff, Desmond Koroma, Srishti Gupta, Brian Siems, Monica Kerrigan, Dan Kress, and Gary L. Darmstadt
This report describes the purpose for developing a quantitative goal for the London Summit on Family Planning held in July 2012, the methodology behind its formulation, and the lessons learned in the process. The London Summit has evolved into the global initiative known as FP2020, and the goal has become "120 by 20," or reaching 120 million additional users of modern contraceptive methods by 2020 in the world’s poorest countries. The success of FP2020 will first be evaluated on the basis of quantitative verification to determine that the "120 by 20" goal was reached. More important, however, is the extent to which the goal today serves as a global rallying cry to mobilize resources and leadership around current family planning programs, with a focus on voluntary family planning and quality of care, and with an emphasis on meeting girls’ and women’s unmet needs and their right to practice contraception. We hope this article provides greater transparency and understanding of the FP2020 goal, and that the global goal spurs annual monitoring of progress toward national goals in the world’s poorest countries. (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 73–84)
Data (Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45: 85–104)
- Côte d’Ivoire 2011–12: Results from the Demographic and Health Survey
- Haiti 2012: Results from the Demographic and Health Survey
Studies in Family Planning
Volumes 22–42, 1991–2011
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