Institutional patterns, attitudes, knowledge and practices pertaining to sexual relations and birth control amongst the Cape Coloureds

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Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is to determine the institutional patterns, attitudes, knowledge and practices pertaining to birth control among a sample of Cape Coloured women who had been exposed to information on such techniques at maternal clinics and to ascertain the possible bearing of any of these factors on the fertility of the group. The study of fertility in any given society involves the analysis of the family and its institutional characteristics. Reproduction is one of the primary functions of the family, and it is through this institution that society maintains itself against the hazards of mortality. Both fertility and mortality are closely connected with the family structure and values. It has, however, been found that it is to a large extent possible to control mortality by factors external to the family. Fertility on the other hand is much less susceptible -to such control and is more closely linked to family organisation. For this reason, major attention will focus on the internal structure of the family as a system on which all the institutions of the larger society impinge.
Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Stellenbosch, 1968.
Sex customs -- South Africa -- Cape of Good Hope, Birth control -- South Africa -- Cape of Good Hope, Colored people (South Africa) -- Social life and customs, Dissertations -- Sociology, UCTD