, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 61–78 | Cite as

Male fertility in New Orleans

  • Carl L. Harter


This report suggests that the student of fertility consider securing information from men as well as from women. Fertility and KAP data obtained from men are presented, and, using present family size as an index of male fertility, fertility differences within and among race-religion-class groups are examined.

When present family size means are compared among race-religion-class groups, dichotomized either on a knowledge variable or use variable, no specific patterns of differential fertility can be discerned. But the employment of a motivation variable results in a definite pattern: in each race-religion-class group, the mean present family size of the high-motivation sector is significantly smaller than that of the sector characterized by low motivation.

Motivation seems, moreover, to be a better predictor of excess fertility than knowledgibility or use. A person so motivated that he experiences no more than one unplanned pregnancy is not likely to exceed his desired family size. Furthermore, this type of motivation does not seem to be confined to any one race, class, or religion.


Family Planning Family Size Male Fertility High Motivation Unplanned Pregnancy 
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Este informe sugiere que el que estudia la fecundidad, además de la información sobre mujeres, debe obtener información sobre hombres. Se presenta datos obtenidos de hombres en estudios de fecundidad y KAP (conocimientos, actitucles, y prácticas), y utilizando el tamaño actual de la familia como índice de fecundidad masculina, se examinan diferencias de fecundidad dentro y entre grupos de raza-religión-clase.

Cuando se compara los promedios actuales de tamaño familiar entre grupos clasficados de acuerdo a raza-religión-clase, subdivididos ya sea de acuerdo a la variable de conocimiento o a la variable de uso, no se puede identificar patrones específicos de diferencias en fecundidad. Pero el uso de una variable de motivación determina un patrón definido: en cada grupo de raza-religión-clase, el promedio actual del tamaño familiar del sector de alta motivación es significativamente más pequeño que el del sector caracterizado por una baja motivación.

Parece, además, que la motivación es un mejor índice de predicción del exceso de fecundidad que el conocimiento o el uso. Una persona tari motivada que sólo expenimenta un embarazo no deseado, es probable que no se exceda en el tamaño de familia que desea tener. Mś aún, este tipo de motivación no parece ser exclusivo de ninguna raza, clase o religión.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl L. Harter
    • 1
  1. 1.Tulane UniversityTulaneUSA

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