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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 825–833 | Cite as

“My Religion Picked My Birth Control”: The Influence of Religion on Contraceptive Use

  • Nicholas J. Hill
  • Mxolisi Siwatu
  • Alexander K. Robinson
Original Paper

Abstract

This research investigates the influence of religious preference and practice on the use of contraception. Much of earlier research examines the level of religiosity on sexual activity. This research extends this reasoning by suggesting that peer group effects create a willingness to mask the level of sexuality through the use of contraception. While it is understood that certain religions, that is, Catholicism does not condone the use of contraceptives, this research finds that Catholics are more likely to use certain methods of contraception than other religious groups. With data on contraceptive use from the Center for Disease Control’s Family Growth Survey, a likelihood probability model is employed to investigate the impact religious affiliation on contraception use. Findings suggest a preference for methods that ensure non-pregnancy while preventing feelings of shame and condemnation in their religious communities.

Keywords

Contraception Family planning Religiosity Religion Race Poverty Choice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas J. Hill
    • 1
  • Mxolisi Siwatu
    • 2
  • Alexander K. Robinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics, Finance, and General BusinessJackson State UniversityJacksonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyTexas Southern UniversityHoustonUSA
  3. 3.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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