Contraceptive utilization: Profile of the Muslim Arab women in rural Israel

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The contraceptive habits of the Arab population in rural Israel was explored by means of a cohort (n=429) of rural Muslim women, with the aim to compose a profile of the women who practice modern contraception. Self-reported information revealed that only one third of the women apply modern contraceptive devices. Multivariate analysis showed the following independent variables to bear a contributory and predictive value with respect to use or non-use of modern contraceptive means by Muslim village women in Israel: degree of religiosity of the woman, male offspring, extent of modernity within the nuclear family, number of children, occupation of the husband, and adherence to traditional norms by the woman.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-324
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997


  • Contraceptive use
  • Family planning
  • Israel
  • Muslim rural women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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