Religion, contraception, and method choice of married women in Ghana

J Relig Health. 2012 Dec;51(4):1359-74. doi: 10.1007/s10943-011-9478-4.


Using pooled data from the 1998 and 2003 Demographic and Health Surveys, this paper investigates the association between religion and contraceptive behavior of married women in Ghana. Guided by the particularized theology and characteristics hypotheses, multinomial logit and complementary log-log models are used to explore denominational differences in contraceptive adoption among currently married women and assess whether the differences could be explained through other characteristics. We found that while there were no differences between women of different Christian faiths, non-Christian women (Muslim and Traditional) were significantly more likely to have never used contraception compared with Christian women. Similar observations were made on current use of contraception, although the differences were greatly reduced in the multivariate models.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Contraception / methods*
  • Female
  • Ghana
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Religion*
  • Spirituality*
  • Spouses*
  • Young Adult