Community and contraceptive choice in rural Thailand: a case study of Nang Rong

Demography. 1996 Feb;33(1):1-11.


This paper blends quantitative with qualitative data in an investigation of community and contraceptive choice in Nang Rong, Thailand. Specifically, it develops an explanation of 1) method dominance within villages, coupled with 2) marked differences between villages in the popularity of particular methods. The quantitative analysis demonstrates the importance of village location and placement of family planning services for patterns of contraceptive choice. The qualitative data provide a complementary perspective, emphasizing the importance of social as well as physical space and giving particular attention to the structure of conversational networks.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraception Behavior*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Rural Population*
  • Social Conformity
  • Social Environment*
  • Thailand