Attitudes of mothers toward their daughters' use of contraceptives in Israel

R. Bachar, Y. Yogev, M. Fisher, A. Geva, G. Blumberg, B. Kaplan*

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The objective of the study was to examine mothers' knowledge about contraception, their attitudes to their daughters' use of contraception, and their communication with their daughters on the subject. A 20-item questionnaire was distributed in gynecological clinics throughout Israel for completion by women who had daughters over the age of 14 years. The questionnaire covered the mothers' demographic data, use of contraception, knowledge of contraception, attitude to their daughters' contraceptive use and sexual relationships, and communication with their daughters about contraception. Only 36% of the women received contraceptive information from physicians. Almost half felt their daughter should begin sexual relations when she felt she was ready; over two-thirds felt she should begin using contraception before or at the time of beginning sexual relations. Over three-quarters spoke with their daughters about contraception. Higher educational level of the mother was associated with high rate use of contraception by the mother, her support of earlier use of contraception by her daughter, a greater likelihood of her discussing contraception with her daughter, and a lesser likelihood to view contraceptives as dangerous to one's health. It is concluded that mothers of teenage daughters in Israel are involved in their daughters' decisions to begin sexual relations and the use of contraceptives. Their knowledge of contraception is adequate, although some gaps are still apparent. Clear correlation is found between higher educational level of the mothers and a more liberal attitude toward their daughters' sex life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2002


  • Attitudes
  • Contraceptives
  • Daughter
  • Mothers


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