Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Reproductive Characteristics

  • Margaret D. Larkins-Pettigrew
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_654

Reproductive characteristics are defined as the behaviors that are acceptable, unacceptable, and the societal expectations of a particular immigrant group as they relate to sexual activity, marriage, and childbearing. Most countries recognize marriage as the societal norm, but many have been faced with teen and unwanted pregnancies which add to the burden of poverty. This is a growing problem in many countries as the result of the limited availability of contraceptive education and affordable options. Family planning and the availability of birth control still evade women as preventive methods to control unwanted pregnancies. The issue of reproductive rights still remains a topic that is not discussed in many communities.

The number of children that a couple conceives is usually not predetermined unless they are living in countries that limit the number of childbirths as an economic incentive. Many communities believe that a greater number of children conceived is a significant sign of...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Callister, L. C., Corbett, C., Reed, S., Tomoo, C., & Thornton, K. G. (2010). Giving birth: The voices of Ecuadorian women. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 24(2), 146–154.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret D. Larkins-Pettigrew
    • 1
  1. 1.University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s HospitalClevelandUSA