Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 353–366

Protestants and Family Planning

  • Patricia Goodson

DOI: 10.1023/A:1027437310363

Cite this article as:
Goodson, P. Journal of Religion and Health (1997) 36: 353. doi:10.1023/A:1027437310363


There is evidence supporting the hypothesis that the historically favorable views of Protestants regarding the practice of family planning are changing among selected sub-groups. Such an attitudinal shift among Protestants has been rarely investigated by social scientists. This literature review represents an initial step in examining the phenomenon. A profile of Protestants' historical views of family planning will be presented first, followed by a discussion of the recent questioning of this group's favorable attitudes towards the practice. Additionally, research literature on contraceptive behavior and fertility patterns will provide empirical evidence supporting the hypothesis.

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© Blanton-Peale Institute 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Goodson
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Education ofThe University of TexasSan Antonio

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