THE EFFECTS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES ON FERTILITY (VAN PROVINCE EXAMPLE)

Abstract

Author(s): Suzan KARAO?LAN, Mehmet Zeki DUMAN

In this article, Via the aim of understanding the effects of religious beliefs and attitudes on fertility, the relation of religion with women and society in general and the role of religious beliefs during the fertility process in particular, have been emphasized. The study that questions the fertility experiences of religious women through the marriage process and their social gender perceptions with socio- cultural dimentions, especially criticises the religious policies and conservative ideologies as a phenomena which influences the position of women with its attitudes during fertility process as a gender and a social phenomena. In the study, probably owing to the fact that the religious women who attended the sample group of the study were mostly college graduated and professional working mothers, ?t is concluded that the sample religious women group don't base the religious references directly in their fertility process and the effects of religious beliefs and attitudes have not impacted their fertility preferences considerably.

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