Religious denomination, religious involvement, and modern contraceptive use in southern Mozambique

Victor Agadjanian

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The relationship between contraceptive use and religion remains a subject of considerable debate. This article argues that this relationship is rooted in context-specific institutional and organizational aspects of religious belonging and involvement. Drawing upon unique recent data from a population-based survey of women conducted in a predominantly Christian high-fertility area of Mozambique, this study examines the connections between religion and contraception from two complementary angles. First, differences in current use of modern contraceptives across main denominational groups are analyzed. The results show higher prevalence of modern contraceptive use among Catholics and, to a lesser extent, traditional Protestants net of other individual- and community-level factors. Second, an analysis of religious involvement reveals that frequent church attendance has a net positive association with modern contraceptive use regardless of denominational affiliation. These findings are situated within the historical context of religious, demographic, and socio-political dynamics of Mozambique and similar sub-Saharan settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-274
Number of pages16
JournalStudies in Family Planning
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Fingerprint

Mozambique
denomination
contraceptive
Religion
church attendance
contraception
fertility
community
Group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Religious denomination, religious involvement, and modern contraceptive use in southern Mozambique. / Agadjanian, Victor.

In: Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 44, No. 3, 09.2013, p. 259-274.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{b635aa62cf5242b68bb5f04cb5273ffc,
title = "Religious denomination, religious involvement, and modern contraceptive use in southern Mozambique",
abstract = "The relationship between contraceptive use and religion remains a subject of considerable debate. This article argues that this relationship is rooted in context-specific institutional and organizational aspects of religious belonging and involvement. Drawing upon unique recent data from a population-based survey of women conducted in a predominantly Christian high-fertility area of Mozambique, this study examines the connections between religion and contraception from two complementary angles. First, differences in current use of modern contraceptives across main denominational groups are analyzed. The results show higher prevalence of modern contraceptive use among Catholics and, to a lesser extent, traditional Protestants net of other individual- and community-level factors. Second, an analysis of religious involvement reveals that frequent church attendance has a net positive association with modern contraceptive use regardless of denominational affiliation. These findings are situated within the historical context of religious, demographic, and socio-political dynamics of Mozambique and similar sub-Saharan settings.",
author = "Victor Agadjanian",
year = "2013",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00357.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "44",
pages = "259--274",
journal = "Studies in Familiy Planning",
issn = "0039-3665",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Religious denomination, religious involvement, and modern contraceptive use in southern Mozambique

AU - Agadjanian, Victor

PY - 2013/9

Y1 - 2013/9

N2 - The relationship between contraceptive use and religion remains a subject of considerable debate. This article argues that this relationship is rooted in context-specific institutional and organizational aspects of religious belonging and involvement. Drawing upon unique recent data from a population-based survey of women conducted in a predominantly Christian high-fertility area of Mozambique, this study examines the connections between religion and contraception from two complementary angles. First, differences in current use of modern contraceptives across main denominational groups are analyzed. The results show higher prevalence of modern contraceptive use among Catholics and, to a lesser extent, traditional Protestants net of other individual- and community-level factors. Second, an analysis of religious involvement reveals that frequent church attendance has a net positive association with modern contraceptive use regardless of denominational affiliation. These findings are situated within the historical context of religious, demographic, and socio-political dynamics of Mozambique and similar sub-Saharan settings.

AB - The relationship between contraceptive use and religion remains a subject of considerable debate. This article argues that this relationship is rooted in context-specific institutional and organizational aspects of religious belonging and involvement. Drawing upon unique recent data from a population-based survey of women conducted in a predominantly Christian high-fertility area of Mozambique, this study examines the connections between religion and contraception from two complementary angles. First, differences in current use of modern contraceptives across main denominational groups are analyzed. The results show higher prevalence of modern contraceptive use among Catholics and, to a lesser extent, traditional Protestants net of other individual- and community-level factors. Second, an analysis of religious involvement reveals that frequent church attendance has a net positive association with modern contraceptive use regardless of denominational affiliation. These findings are situated within the historical context of religious, demographic, and socio-political dynamics of Mozambique and similar sub-Saharan settings.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84883371129&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84883371129&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00357.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00357.x

M3 - Article

C2 - 24006073

AN - SCOPUS:84883371129

VL - 44

SP - 259

EP - 274

JO - Studies in Familiy Planning

JF - Studies in Familiy Planning

SN - 0039-3665

IS - 3

ER -