Social networks and contraception practice of women in rural Bangladesh.

Gayen , Kaberi and Raeside, Robert (2010) Social networks and contraception practice of women in rural Bangladesh. Social Science & Medicine, 71 (9). pp. 1584-1592. ISSN 02779536

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.

Download (586kB) | Request a copy


This paper analyzed the association of social networks with contraceptive use using both structural and attitudinal properties of social networks. Data were collected from seven villages in rural Bangladesh by face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire (N = 694). Sociometric data and the centrality positions of women in their social networks were analyzed as proxies for structural properties, and the perception of network members’ approval and encouragement towards family planning as attitudinal properties. The perception of network members’ attitude towards family planning and power within networks was found to be positively associated with contraception use. The strong association of the social network members’ encouragement of contraception and the significance over both in-degree (number of nominations received by the participant from other village women) and out-degree centrality (number of nominations given by a participant) provides further confirmation that immediate network members’ attitude is important to explain current contraceptive use of women in rural Bangladesh.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 02779536
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; contraceptive use; social networks; degree centrality;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Item ID: 4371
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 10:43
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2012 16:37

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Edinburgh Napier University is a registered Scottish charity. Registration number SC018373