Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt

Julia DeClerque, Amy Ong Tsui, Mohammed Futuah Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah Abul-Ata, Delia Barcelona

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Rumor and misinformation about oral contraceptives continue to prevail in much of Egypt. This study tests the hypothesis that rumor involvement can have a negative and independent impact on pill usage by focusing on a common misbelief that the pill causes 'weakness'. The data comes from a 1981-1982 national self-weighted sample survey of 3283 currently married men and women dealing with family planning and mass media behaviors. The analyses confirm that rumor involvement decreases the probability of current or future pill use by previous users and by those who have never used it. Correct knowledge about the pill is shown to enhance pill usage as do other determinants such as social support for birth control and the desire for no more children. The importance of providing strong contraceptive education programs giving deeper consideration to contraceptive and related health beliefs in delivering fertility regulation services is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

health belief
contraceptive use
mass media
rumor
family planning
Egypt
Oral Contraceptives
Contraceptive Agents
contraceptive
fertility
Mass Behavior
Communication
education
Mass Media
Family Planning Services
media behavior
Contraception
Social Support
Fertility
Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

Cite this

Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt. / DeClerque, Julia; Tsui, Amy Ong; Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah; Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah; Barcelona, Delia.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1986, p. 83-92.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DeClerque, J, Tsui, AO, Abul-Ata, MF, Abul-Ata, MF & Barcelona, D 1986, 'Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 83-92. https://doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(86)90327-8
DeClerque, Julia ; Tsui, Amy Ong ; Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah ; Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah ; Barcelona, Delia. / Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt. In: Social Science and Medicine. 1986 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 83-92.
@article{9bd989f50e3040f78209a36b8e9b9219,
title = "Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt",
abstract = "Rumor and misinformation about oral contraceptives continue to prevail in much of Egypt. This study tests the hypothesis that rumor involvement can have a negative and independent impact on pill usage by focusing on a common misbelief that the pill causes 'weakness'. The data comes from a 1981-1982 national self-weighted sample survey of 3283 currently married men and women dealing with family planning and mass media behaviors. The analyses confirm that rumor involvement decreases the probability of current or future pill use by previous users and by those who have never used it. Correct knowledge about the pill is shown to enhance pill usage as do other determinants such as social support for birth control and the desire for no more children. The importance of providing strong contraceptive education programs giving deeper consideration to contraceptive and related health beliefs in delivering fertility regulation services is highlighted.",
author = "Julia DeClerque and Tsui, {Amy Ong} and Abul-Ata, {Mohammed Futuah} and Abul-Ata, {Mohammed Futuah} and Delia Barcelona",
year = "1986",
doi = "10.1016/0277-9536(86)90327-8",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "23",
pages = "83--92",
journal = "Social Science and Medicine",
issn = "0277-9536",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Rumor, misinformation and oral contraceptive use in Egypt

AU - DeClerque, Julia

AU - Tsui, Amy Ong

AU - Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah

AU - Abul-Ata, Mohammed Futuah

AU - Barcelona, Delia

PY - 1986

Y1 - 1986

N2 - Rumor and misinformation about oral contraceptives continue to prevail in much of Egypt. This study tests the hypothesis that rumor involvement can have a negative and independent impact on pill usage by focusing on a common misbelief that the pill causes 'weakness'. The data comes from a 1981-1982 national self-weighted sample survey of 3283 currently married men and women dealing with family planning and mass media behaviors. The analyses confirm that rumor involvement decreases the probability of current or future pill use by previous users and by those who have never used it. Correct knowledge about the pill is shown to enhance pill usage as do other determinants such as social support for birth control and the desire for no more children. The importance of providing strong contraceptive education programs giving deeper consideration to contraceptive and related health beliefs in delivering fertility regulation services is highlighted.

AB - Rumor and misinformation about oral contraceptives continue to prevail in much of Egypt. This study tests the hypothesis that rumor involvement can have a negative and independent impact on pill usage by focusing on a common misbelief that the pill causes 'weakness'. The data comes from a 1981-1982 national self-weighted sample survey of 3283 currently married men and women dealing with family planning and mass media behaviors. The analyses confirm that rumor involvement decreases the probability of current or future pill use by previous users and by those who have never used it. Correct knowledge about the pill is shown to enhance pill usage as do other determinants such as social support for birth control and the desire for no more children. The importance of providing strong contraceptive education programs giving deeper consideration to contraceptive and related health beliefs in delivering fertility regulation services is highlighted.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0022554905&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0022554905&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/0277-9536(86)90327-8

DO - 10.1016/0277-9536(86)90327-8

M3 - Article

C2 - 3749967

AN - SCOPUS:0022554905

VL - 23

SP - 83

EP - 92

JO - Social Science and Medicine

JF - Social Science and Medicine

SN - 0277-9536

IS - 1

ER -