Structure of family planning in Samoa

Alexandra A. Brewis, Stephen T. McGarvey, Nu'ualofa Tu'u'au-Potoi

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Increasing family planning acceptance and efficacy is considered a key public health issue in many Pacific island nations. To assess the structure of family planning acceptance in Samoa, structured interviews were conducted with 155 reproductive age women from seven villages in both rural and urban settings. The survey data show accord with returns on contraceptive use from Samoan clinics, and demonstrate that awareness and use of contraception have increased markedly in the previous decade but desired family size remains high in younger women. A notable feature of the Samoan women's contraceptive experience is the lack of diversity of reported contraceptive behaviours and attitudes based on age, urban versus rural residence, and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-427
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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