The 'natural' body, God and contraceptive use in the southeastern United States

Cynthia Woodsong, Michelle Shedlin, Helen Koo

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Data collected among African-American and Caucasian women and men in the southeastern USA indicate that participants' perceptions of nature, God's will and the human body influence reproductive health and decision-making. Attitudes about the health care system, pharmaceutical companies and government programmes for fertility regulation reinforce these views and may negatively affect willingness to use contraceptive methods consistently, and correctly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-78
Number of pages18
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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