Fertility, Biology, and Behavior

1st Edition

An Analysis of the Proximate Determinants

Authors: John Bongaarts Robert Potter
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121143800
eBook ISBN: 9780080916989
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd October 2013
Page Count: 230
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Table of Contents


Preface


Acknowledgments


1 Introduction and Overview


Terminology


The Proximate Determinants


Fertility and the Proximate Determinants


Variations in Individual Fertility


Age-Specific Fertility


The Determinants of the Proximate Variables


The Organization of This Book


References


2 Natural Fertility and Its Proximate Determinants


Natural Fertility


The Proximate Determinants of Natural Marital Fertility


The Effect of the Proximate Determinants on Natural Fertility


Summary


References


3 Regulated Fertility and Its Proximate Determinants


Regulated Fertility


Marriage


Contraceptive Use


Contraceptive Effectiveness


Induced Abortion


Summary


Appendix


References


4 An Aggregate Fertility Model


The Structure of the Model


Direct Estimation of the Fertility Effects of the Proximate Determinants


Testing the Validity of the Model


The Proximate Determinants of Fertility Levels TF, TN, TM, and TFR


Summary


Appendix: An Equation for Estimating Cc


References


5 Applications of an Aggregate Fertility Model


Application 1: The Transition in the Proximate Determinants


Application 2: Decomposition of a Change in Fertility


Application 3: Socioeconomic Differentials in Marital Fertility


Application 4: An Age-Specific Fertility Model


Application 5: The Empirical Relationship between Fertility and Contraceptive Prevalence


Application 6: Projected Fertility Trends Associated with Changes in Contraceptive Practice


Application 7: Contraceptive Prevalence Levels Require


Description

Fertility, Biology, and Behavior: An Analysis of the Proximate Determinants presents the proximate determinants of natural fertility. This book discusses the biological and behavioral dimensions of human fertility that are linked to intermediate fertility variables.

Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of the mechanisms through which socioeconomic variables influence fertility. This text then examines the absolute and relative age-specific marital fertility rates of selected populations. Other chapters consider the trends in total fertility rates of selected countries, including Colombia, Kenya, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, France, and United States. This book discusses as well the effects of deliberate marital fertility control through contraception and induced abortion. The final chapter deals with the management of sex composition and implications for birth spacing.

This book is a valuable resource for reproductive physiologists, social scientists, demographers, statisticians, biologists, and graduate students with an interest in the biological and behavioral control of human fertility.


Details

No. of pages:
230
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1983
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080916989
Hardcover ISBN:
9780121143800

About the Authors

John Bongaarts Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Policy Studies, Population Council, New York, U.S.A.

Robert Potter Author

Robert Potter, ASHA Fellow, has been a therapist and an academician in a variety of settings including public school, medical school, Job Corp, private practice, metropolitan speech and hearing centers, and several universities. For most of his academic career, he was a member of the Washington State University Speech and Hearing Sciences Department, in which he served as either chair or program director for 21 years. After leaving WSU, where he is professor emeritus of Speech and Hearing Sciences, he joined the University of Oregon Communication Disorders Program where he was professor and senior research associate. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has served as a grant reviewer and panelist for the Department of Education and ASHA and as an accreditation site visitor for the latter. A tribute to his pedagogical skills was recently noted by a Golden Apple Award in the ASHA Leader. Also, in recognition of his teaching, there is a classroom named in his honor at WSU.

Affiliations and Expertise

Washington State University, and University of Oregon, U.S.A.