Descriptive study of the role of household type and household composition on women’s reproductive health outcomes in urban Uttar Pradesh, India

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Speizer, I. S., Lance, P., Verma, R., & Benson, A.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Reproductive Health

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12, 4


More needs to be known about the role intra-familial power dynamics play in women’s reproductive health outcomes, particularly in societies like Northern India, which are characterized by patriarchy and extended families. The key research question we explore in this article is: how important are living arrangements (e.g., presence of the mother-in-law, presence of an elder sister-in-law, and living in the husband’s natal home) on contraceptive use behaviors and a woman’s decision to deliver at an institution?