Domestic violence and contraceptive adoption in Uttar Pradesh, India

Rob Stephenson, Michael A. Koenig, Saifuddin Ahmed

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This study examines the association between domestic violence and the subsequent adoption of modern contraception in North India. Matched data on married couples who were not practicing contraception are analyzed from companion surveys of married husbands and wives in five districts of Uttar Pradesh. By means of hazard modeling, a significant negative association was found between a husband's reporting of using physical domestic violence against his wife and the couple's adoption of a modern method of contraception. Community norms that were more tolerant of domestic violence were, in contrast, not a significant predictor of subsequent method adoption. The results highlight the need to address the issue of support for women experiencing domestic violence within existing family planning services and to sensitize service providers to the specific needs of women experiencing such violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
JournalStudies in family planning
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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