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Power and the gendered division of contraceptive use in Western European couples

Rozemarijn Dereuddre (UGent), Veerle Buffel (UGent) and Piet Bracke (UGent)
(2017) SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH. 64. p.263-276
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Recent research has approached contraceptive use, or “fertility work”, as another household task that is primarily managed by women. Building on the theoretical frameworks of relative resource theory and gender perspectives, this study investigates the association between partners’ power (measured as their relative education, division of housework and decision-making) and the choice of male versus female, or no contraception. Data from the Generations and Gender Survey for four Western European countries (Austria, Belgium, France and Germany; 2005-2010) are used to examine the hypotheses with multinomial logistic diagonal reference models. The results show that man’s and woman’s educational level are equally important predictors for a couple’s contraceptive method choice. Furthermore, the findings suggest that households in which the man performs more housework or the woman has more say in decisions are more likely to rely on male methods or female sterilization, rather than on the more commonly used female reversible methods.
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contraception, decision-making, power, housework/division of labour, education, gender

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Dereuddre, Rozemarijn, Veerle Buffel, and Piet Bracke. 2017. “Power and the Gendered Division of Contraceptive Use in Western European Couples .” Social Science Research 64: 263–276.
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Dereuddre, Rozemarijn, Buffel, V., & Bracke, P. (2017). Power and the gendered division of contraceptive use in Western European couples . SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 64, 263–276.
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Dereuddre R, Buffel V, Bracke P. Power and the gendered division of contraceptive use in Western European couples . SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH. 2017;64:263–76.
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Dereuddre, Rozemarijn, Veerle Buffel, and Piet Bracke. “Power and the Gendered Division of Contraceptive Use in Western European Couples .” SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH 64 (2017): 263–276. Print.
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  abstract     = {Recent research has approached contraceptive use, or {\textquotedblleft}fertility work{\textquotedblright}, as another household task that is primarily managed by women. Building on the theoretical frameworks of relative resource theory and gender perspectives, this study investigates the association between partners{\textquoteright} power (measured as their relative education, division of housework and decision-making) and the choice of male versus female, or no contraception. Data from the Generations and Gender Survey for four Western European countries (Austria, Belgium, France and Germany; 2005-2010) are used to examine the hypotheses with multinomial logistic diagonal reference models. The results show that man{\textquoteright}s and woman{\textquoteright}s educational level are equally important predictors for a couple{\textquoteright}s contraceptive method choice. Furthermore, the findings suggest that households in which the man performs more housework or the woman has more say in decisions are more likely to rely on male methods or female sterilization, rather than on the more commonly used female reversible methods.},
  author       = {Dereuddre, Rozemarijn and Buffel, Veerle and Bracke, Piet},
  issn         = {0049-089X },
  journal      = {SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {contraception,decision-making,power,housework/division of labour,education,gender},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {263--276},
  title        = {Power and the gendered division of contraceptive use in Western European couples },
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.10.004},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2017},
}

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