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Identifying Factors of Influence on Family Planning Practices Among Rural Haitian Women

Mason, Elizabeth Jane (2010) Identifying Factors of Influence on Family Planning Practices Among Rural Haitian Women. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Haiti, a country located in the Caribbean, is considered to be the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. With a population of more than eight million, Haiti is amongst the poorest of the poor with majority of the population living in abject poverty. In Haiti, a large majority of women have unmet needs for family planning or child-spacing which inevitably leads to high maternal mortality. In Haiti, most births occur at home without trained health care personnel, and the country has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDs in the region. Increasing access to reproductive health services, including family planning, to women who want them is of critical public health concern. The purpose of this thesis is to examine factors that may affect rural Haitian women's choice in utilizing family planning services by using the Social Ecological Framework as a guide. A comprehensive literature search was conducted through multiple search engines and two themes were identified as factors of influence including contraceptive use and desired family size. Increasing the availability of family planning services to women who want them would increase the likelihood of saving lives and improving the overall health of women in rural Haiti by increasing socio-economic status, empowerment, education, and reproductive health.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mason, Elizabeth
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberFryer, Craigcsf5@pitt.eduCSF5
Committee MemberSiegel, Michaelsiegel@pitt.eduSIEGEL
Committee MemberRohrer, Wesleycsf5@pitt.eduCSF5
Date: 30 June 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 March 2010
Approval Date: 30 June 2010
Submission Date: 12 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: and family size Haiti; birth control methods; contraceptive use among Haitian women; family planning; family planning Haiti; focus groups; gender norms Haiti; Haiti; lay health workers; social ecological framework; social norms Haiti
Other ID:, etd-04122010-151628
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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