Fertility desires and perceptions of power in reproductive conflict in ghana

Laurie F. DeRose, F. Nii Amoo Dodoo, Vrushali Patil

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Ghanaian fertility decline may not be associated with women's having greater control over reproduction. Focus groups of young Ghanaian men and women indicate that attitudes supporting men's dominance infertility decisions characterize even the highly educated. Young women with high fertility desires anticipate being able to stop childbearing when they want to, but they do not expect to be able to continue if their husband wants to stop. Those with low fertility desires do not anticipate being able to stop without husband consent, but they envision support for continuing childbearing. Women's expected influence appears limited to situations where their fertility desires conform to normative expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-73
Number of pages21
JournalGender and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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