Studies in Family Planning Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Population Council, Wiley

Journal description

Founded in 1963, Studies in Family Planning is concerned with all aspects of reproductive health, fertility regulation, and family planning programs in both developing and developed countries. The journal's authors are internationally recognized authorities working in such fields as public health, sociology, demography, medicine, and population planning. The journal contains original research articles, reports on individual countries, signed book reviews, commentary, abstracts from other journals, and data summaries from Demographic and Health surveys. Published six times a year through 1996 and quarterly thereafter.

Current impact factor: 1.28

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 1.98

Additional details

5-year impact 2.03
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.70
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.92
Website Studies in Family Planning website
Other titles Studies in family planning (Online)
ISSN 0039-3665
OCLC 36116437
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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  • Restrictions
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    • Must link to publisher version with set statement (see policy)
    • If OnlineOpen is available, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC authors, may self-archive after 12 months
    • If OnlineOpen is available, AHRC and ESRC authors, may self-archive after 24 months
    • Publisher last contacted on 07/08/2014
    • This policy is an exception to the default policies of 'Wiley'
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Publications in this journal

  • Studies in Family Planning 09/2015; 46(3):333-40. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2015.00034.x
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    ABSTRACT: Using original data collected in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this study investigates evidence for the competing theories that fertility reductions increase children's education through either the quantity-quality tradeoff (intentionally choosing smaller families to make greater investments in education and other indicators of child quality) or resource dilution (having more children reduces resources available per child, regardless of intentionality of family size). The results provide evidence for both hypotheses: children having four or fewer siblings were significantly more likely to be enrolled in school if their mothers had intentionally stopped childbearing relative to those whose mothers wanted more children but whose childbearing was limited by subfecundity. The difference between intentional and unintentional family limitation was not significant for parities greater than five. In addition, the relationship between number of siblings and their schooling is negative, regardless of the intentionality of family-size limitation, but the strength of this negative relationship is approximately twice as high among children whose mothers intentionally limited fertility (reflecting both selection and dilution effects) than among children whose mothers were subfecund (reflecting the pure dilution effect). © 2015 The Population Council, Inc.
    Studies in Family Planning 06/2015; 46(2):177-99. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2015.00023.x
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    ABSTRACT: At the 2012 Family Planning Summit in London, world leaders committed to providing effective family planning information and services to 120 million additional women and girls by the year 2020. Amid positive response, some expressed concern that the numeric goal could signal a retreat from the human rights-centered approach that underpinned the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Achieving the FP2020 goal will take concerted and coordinated efforts among diverse stakeholders and a new programmatic approach supported by the public health and human rights communities. This article presents a new conceptual framework designed to serve as a path toward fulfilling the FP2020 goal. This new unifying framework, which incorporates human rights laws and principles within family-planning-program and quality-of-care frameworks, brings what have been parallel lines of thought together in one construct to make human rights issues related to family planning practical.
    Studies in Family Planning 03/2014; 45(1):1-18. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2014.00373.x
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    ABSTRACT: Indonesia established its Village Midwife Program in 1989 to combat high rates of maternal mortality. The program's goals were to address gaps in access to reproductive health care for rural women, increase access to and use of family planning services, and broaden the mix of available contraceptive methods. In this study, we use longitudinal data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey to examine the program's effect on contraceptive practice. We find that the program did not affect overall contraceptive prevalence but did affect method choice. Over time, for women using contraceptives, midwives were associated with increased odds of injectable contraceptive use and decreased odds of oral contraceptive and implant use. Although the Indonesian government had hoped that the Village Midwife Program would channel women into using longer-lasting methods, the women's "switching behavior" indicates that the program succeeded in providing additional outlets for and promoting the use of injectable contraceptives.
    Studies in Family Planning 12/2013; 44(4):389-409. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00366.x
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    ABSTRACT: From 1990 to 2011, contraceptive use in Ethiopia increased ninefold and the total fertility rate fell from 7.0 to 4.8. These are two dramatic illustrations of a family planning success story that has emerged over the last two decades and is still emerging. What are the main elements of this success? We posit that the four most significant factors are: political will, generous donor support, nongovernmental and public-private partnerships, and the government's establishment of a network of health extension workers. In this study, we look at these factors and how their interaction increased the proportion of women having both the desire to use and ability to access contraceptives. Also highlighted are some of the key lessons learned in Ethiopia that are relevant to other African countries interested in emulating the country's success.
    Studies in Family Planning 12/2013; 44(4):445-59. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00369.x
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    ABSTRACT: This study reviews the scope and quality of existing literature regarding the interventions to reduce adolescent childbearing in low- and middle-income countries and compiles findings concerning their effectiveness. A total of 737 studies published between 2000 and 2011 were reviewed; 19 were identified as meeting eligibility criteria. Studies were included that: evaluated program effects on adolescents and young people, either as the primary target population or as a subset of a broader target group; evaluated an intervention intended to reduce adolescent fertility or generate improvements on a related outcome; and reported childbearing-related outcomes. Evidence indicates that a variety of interventions may be successful at reducing fertility, including school-based programs, health counseling, and cash transfers. An overview of evaluation efforts to date is provided, and potential best practices are highlighted. Conclusions are that funding for adolescent fertility initiatives should be directed toward programs for which a sound evidence base exists, such as cash transfers or other interventions that encourage school enrollment, and that programs of unknown effectiveness should be conducted in tandem with rigorous evaluation.
    Studies in Family Planning 12/2013; 44(4):369-88. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00365.x
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    ABSTRACT: Labor-intensive work is often a way of life for women living in rural areas of developing countries. The physical exertion involved in such work may result in poor health outcomes for mothers and infants when continued through pregnancy. Using longitudinal data from China, Mexico, and Tanzania, we examine the relationship between pregnancy and four time-use outcomes, measured as hours spent in the past week on: (1) housework, (2) caregiving, (3) agricultural work, and (4) self-employment or nonagricultural work outside the home. An individual fixed-effects approach is adopted to overcome the potential time-invariant woman-level endogeneity of pregnancy status. With few exceptions, we do not find significantly different time-use patterns between pregnant and nonpregnant women. The assumption that women decrease labor-intensive work in developing countries during pregnancy needs revisiting and may have implications for both women's livelihood programming and assistance during childbearing periods.
    Studies in Family Planning 12/2013; 44(4):411-30. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00367.x
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    ABSTRACT: The development of pericoital contraceptive pills is under consideration to address unmet need for family planning, especially among women who have infrequent sexual intercourse. Pericoital pills, an oral contraceptive taken 24 hours before or after intercourse, would be a potentially desirable contraceptive option because it could provide convenience, discretion, and female control over contraceptive use. To gauge receptivity to pericoital contraception, a total of 49 in-depth interviews and 5 focus group discussions were conducted in India and Uganda with family planning providers and stakeholders. In India, the method was seen as filling a demonstrated need, based on perceived widespread and/or repeat use of emergency contraceptives. In Uganda, where emergency contraception has met strong opposition from conservative and religious leaders, respondents were more skeptical about the merits of the product. In both settings, using condoms consistently and taking oral contraceptives daily present challenges for consistent use, thus a new contraceptive method that is easy to use and under female control is likely to be appealing.
    Studies in Family Planning 12/2013; 44(4):431-44. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00368.x
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    ABSTRACT: This study assesses the utility of Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) questions regarding women's empowerment in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. We examine the use of, and need for improvements to, women's empowerment data in Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, and Uganda. Drawing on interviews conducted among gender and health experts and on context-specific literature, our findings reveal that although DHS data are widely used, data needs remain in five areas: economic empowerment, knowledge of legal rights and recourse, participation in decisionmaking, attitudes and social norms, and adolescent girls. We recommend that Demographic and Health Surveys be modified-for example, through adding specific survey items-to fulfill some but not all of these emerging women's empowerment data needs. We also suggest that other surveys fill known gaps and that data users carefully consider the meaning and relative weight of the women's empowerment items according to the cultural context in which the data are collected.
    Studies in Family Planning 09/2013; 44(3):319-44. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00360.x
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    ABSTRACT: Studies examining the link between number of siblings and level of education attained by children in Africa have produced mixed results. This study draws on Demographic and Health Survey data from 26 sub-Saharan African countries and employs a multilevel multiprocess model that controls for time-invariant unobserved mother-level characteristics. We find indications that having younger siblings increases the likelihood of entering primary school; however, once a child is enrolled, having pre-school aged siblings is negatively associated with educational progression. Having a greater number of siblings older than age 15 increases the likelihood of primary-school entry and completion but has no effect on subsequent educational transitions. Some positive effects of having a greater number of siblings who are aged 6-15 are also observed. Girls are more adversely affected by having young siblings than are boys, but they benefit more than do boys from having siblings who are older than age 15. On the whole, the effects are not very strong, however.
    Studies in Family Planning 09/2013; 44(3):275-97. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00358.x
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    ABSTRACT: The relationship between contraceptive use and religion remains a subject of considerable debate. This article argues that this relationship is rooted in context-specific institutional and organizational aspects of religious belonging and involvement. Drawing upon unique recent data from a population-based survey of women conducted in a predominantly Christian high-fertility area of Mozambique, this study examines the connections between religion and contraception from two complementary angles. First, differences in current use of modern contraceptives across main denominational groups are analyzed. The results show higher prevalence of modern contraceptive use among Catholics and, to a lesser extent, traditional Protestants net of other individual- and community-level factors. Second, an analysis of religious involvement reveals that frequent church attendance has a net positive association with modern contraceptive use regardless of denominational affiliation. These findings are situated within the historical context of religious, demographic, and socio-political dynamics of Mozambique and similar sub-Saharan settings.
    Studies in Family Planning 09/2013; 44(3):259-74. DOI:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00357.x