Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH CONTRACEPTIVE APPROVAL AMONG RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN PAKISTAN

JAMAL ABDUL NASIRa1a2 and ANDREW HINDEa1a3

a1 School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

a2 Department of Statistics, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

a3 Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton, UK

Summary

Research is needed to understand the role of religion in family planning dynamics, particularly in societies where the views of religious leaders can be an important influence on the reproductive decisions of individuals. This paper attempts to describe the factors associated with approval of contraception among religious leaders in Pakistan. The data are taken from the 1999–2000 Survey of Perception of Religious Leaders about Population Welfare. Regression modelling shows that whether or not religious leaders approve of family planning is associated with their views on the ideal family size, their level of religious education, the specific religious sect to which they belong, their own knowledge and use of family planning, their exposure to television and the region of the country in which they live.

(Online publication May 04 2011)