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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Contraception in Taiwan: Sixth Province-Wide Fertility Survey (KAP VI), 1986: Public

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Title:Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Contraception in Taiwan: Sixth Province-Wide Fertility Survey (KAP VI), 1986: Public
Study Number:1010
Catalog Date:02/02/2001
Primary Investigator(s):Sun, T. H., M.C. Chang
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:This study is part of a series of seven island-wide surveys of married women that were collected between 1965 and 1993. These surveys were designed to sample married women (currently married in the earlier surveys and ever married in the later surveys) in the central childbearing ages and addressed questions concerning family relations, fertility, and family planning. They contain a wide range of family, social, economic, and demographic data, including rich material concerning the family and demographic histories of both the woman and her husband. Each successive survey has collected increasingly extensive data on many aspects of the respondents' lives. For some variables, the time series does not extend all the way back to 1965. However, more complete histories of personal and family experiences were collected in the more recent surveys, which helps compensate for the smaller amounts of family information available from the earlier surveys. In most cases, the questions asked in the earlier studies were retained in subsequent surveys. Great care was taken to ensure that exact question wording was maintained across surveys to enable trend analysis. All the surveys collected information on the dates and sex of live births, and the number and dates of all pregnancies have been collected since the third round. Information on ever and current use of contraception and parity at the time of first use of contraception has been collected at each survey date. In addition, the forth survey collected an extended history of contraceptive use, which tracked methods used in each birth interval and the time and use for each method. Increasingly detailed information for couples' residence histories has been collected since the fifth survey. In addition to the actual residence situation, data concerning visits and monetary exchange among family members have been collected. The sixth survey collected not only current residence and residence history with the husband's family but the residence with the wife's family as well. Finally, the fifth and sixth surveys collected data on whether the respondent's parents lived with the husband's married brothers or sisters. The 1973, 1980, and 1986 data collections focused attention on the premarital family and non-family experiences of the wives and their husbands. Of particular importance was information concerning schooling, employment, and living arrangements before marriage. The marriage process itself was studied, with questions concerning how the marriage was arranged, whether there was premarital sex with the husband, and what were the living arrangements at marriage. The 1986 study supplemented this information with more detailed questions about the timing and nature of employment in the work force and non-family residence before marriage. The 1986 study also expanded information about the courtship process with questions about the circumstances under which the husband was met, dating, engagement, and the timing of premarital sexual experience. The 1973, 1980, and 1986 surveys also collected information about attitudes and behavior on family relationships beyond this life, particularly regarding the importance of ancestors and the family line.

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