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World Health Popul. 2007 Dec;9(4):65-78.

Contraceptive use in Yemen: a component analysis.

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  • 1School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA.


The objective of this paper is to examine the role of modernization on current use of modern contraception in the Republic of Yemen. We used modernization theory as well as Ryder's cohort-historical model to investigate the change in fertility variables across cohorts. Data from Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 1991 and 1997 in Yemen are used. It has been argued that in Islamic societies such as Yemen, the extent of contraceptive use is more likely to be determined by religious values than by external forces of change. However, our findings suggest that the social context of contraceptive use in Yemen is similar to the preconditions attained in societies that have experienced improvements in contraceptive use during the stage of fertility decline. We have discussed in detail the policy implications of our findings.

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