Population Association of America Annual Meeting

April 26, 2018
Lauren Rosapep and Tess Shiras standing in front of their poster.
Lauren Rosapep and Tess Shiras stand in front of their poster at the meeting in Denver.

The Population Association of America Annual Meeting is the largest international meeting focused on the study of demography. The 2018 conference drew more than 2,000 scientists and demographers to Denver.

On April 26, 2018, Tess Shiras and Lauren Rosapep presented a poster on a study they co-authored with fellow SHOPS Plus researcher Sarah Bradley,“Family Planning Motivators and Barriers in a High Fertility Conflict Setting: Methods and Results from a Household Survey in Afghanistan.”


Collecting reproductive health data in high-fertility settings ridden with conflict such as Afghanistan is challenging and requires dynamic approaches. As a result, there is little evidence regarding motivators and barriers to family planning use in Afghanistan, which is critically needed to inform contraception demand generation activities and to lower the total fertility rate. SHOPS Plus conducted a household survey in 177 Afghan districts with married men and women to better understand factors that encourage and impede family planning uptake. 

This poster presented data collection methods, which took into account Afghanistan’s culturally conservative conflict setting, and survey results. The findings explored whether and how constructs—such as perceived availability of contraceptives, restricted mobility among women, and embarrassment or shame—are related to contraception use and fertility patterns. Additionally, the poster examined how normative beliefs of contraception use, perceptions of household decision making and responsibility, self-efficacy, and contraception purchasing patterns affect contraception use.


Photo credit: Visit Denver

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