October 1982

Further Studies on Family Formation Patterns and Health

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


edited by A. R. Orman and C. C. Stanley, 464 pp, 44 Swiss francs, Geneva, World Health Organization, 1981.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(10):954. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970460084027

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Further Studies on Family Formation Patterns and Health is a continuation of the first volume that reported studies in India, Iran, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Turkey. The present volume carries the study to Columbia, Egypt, Pakistan, and the Syrian Arab Republic. Family health is commonly taken to be synonymous with the health of the mother and the younger child, whereas this study investigates family formation as a whole. The collaborating centers considered the questions of family formation as it relates to social characteristics, pregnancy outcome, childhood mortality, child development, maternal health, loss of a child, and birth control, including both attitudes toward and actual practice behavior. The design of the study was to examine the health risks associated with certain patterns of family formation, including the number and spacing of pregnancies, maternal age, birth order, and family size. In addition, the social and cultural correlates of fertility and family-planning behavior

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