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Constructing contraceptive choices : a regional study of Colorado examining the factors influencing women’s contraceptive decisions

by Baynard, Charlotte Rothschild

Abstract

This study examines the factors that impact women’s contraceptive choices. Using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques, combing survey and interview data, I explore the narratives women tell about their experience using birth control. Family Planning clinics, where women receive information and care, provide a space that is both assessable and confidential. The way that women talk about their experience using birth control is socially influenced based on the dominant narratives of their reference groups. The political and social atmosphere often informs reference group norms, which are then internalized by the individual and expressed through their contraceptive care choices. Significant events that occur in the lives of women shape the ways in which women talk about and use contraceptives. Women often use medicalized accounts of their physical experience with birth control to help distance themselves from its connotations with sexual activity. A narrative of the shared reproductive experience with their reference group shapes the way in which women assume and understand their own experience with contraceptives.

Note

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:6054
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
48 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Pascoe, C.J.
Department/Program
Sociology
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012