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    China. Knowledge and attitudes of grassroots family planning workers about contraceptive methods.

    United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [ESCAP]

    Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP, 1988. [4], 16, 31 p. (Asian Population Studies Series, No. 86-A; ST/ESCAP/648)

    In China, grassroots family planning workers were surveyed on their attitudes toward contraceptive methods. The project was supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and was organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam were included in the project. The primary objective of the survey was to better understand family planning workers' attitudes about contraceptives, to better inform the workers on the advantages and disadvantages of various contraceptive methods. Although China offers a large variety of choices, certain methods such as the IUD and sterilization have been predominantly used. Choices vary greatly among regions. The study design, a profile of the respondents, and a discussion of knowledge and attitudes are explored. Charts representing the respondents' choices are presented; the choices demonstrate both knowledge and unsubstantiated bias. Also found, are misconceptions about certain method choices such as the pill and the injectable. The condom and the methods of rhythm and withdrawal were more commonly understood. The reasons for a good general knowledge of contraceptive methods among China's grassroots family planning workers are given. An English translation of the questionnaire used is appended to the text.
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