Research Output

Social networks and contraception practice of women in rural Bangladesh.

  This paper analyzed the association of social networks with contraceptive use using both structural and attitudinal properties of social networks. Data were collected from seven villages in rural Bangladesh by face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire (N = 694). Sociometric data and the centrality positions of women in their social networks were analyzed as proxies for structural properties, and the perception of network members’ approval and encouragement towards family planning as attitudinal properties. The perception of network members’ attitude towards family planning and power within networks was found to be positively associated with contraception use. The strong association of the social network members’ encouragement of contraception and the significance over both in-degree (number of nominations received by the participant from other village women) and out-degree centrality (number of nominations given by a participant) provides further confirmation that immediate network members’ attitude is important to explain current contraceptive use of women in rural Bangladesh.

  • Type:


  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher


  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    362 Social welfare problems & services


Gayen, K. & Raeside, R. (2010). Social networks and contraception practice of women in rural Bangladesh. Social Science & Medicine. 71, 1584-1592. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.08.002



Bangladesh; contraceptive use; social networks; degree centrality;

Monthly Views:

Available Documents