Perception of Control over Childbearing is a 3-item measure capturing couple's agency for family planning. Items include perception of couple agency over choice of number of children, intersections with religious beliefs related to birth control and pressure from family and friends. Items are chosen from the Slow Fertility Transition Project in Egypt.
1. Do you think a couple can take action to influence the number of children they have, or is this beyond their control?
Influence - 1
Beyond control - 2
Now I would like to ask some more questions about having children. I just want your opinions. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each statement.
2. Birth control is an interference in God's affairs?
3. Because of pressures from family and friends, a person doesn't have enough choice over the number of children he/she wants to have?
Agree - 1
Disagree - 2
El-Zeini, L. O. (2008). The path to replacement fertility in Egypt: Acceptance, preference, and achievement. Studies in Family Planning, 39(3), 161-176. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1728-4465.2008.164.x
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