Journal of Women's Health Care

Journal of Women's Health Care
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0420


Khitam Abu Hamad

School of Public Health, Al-Quds University, Gaza Strip, Palestine

  • Research Article   
    Determinants of Fertility and Contraceptive Use among Palestinian Women in the Gaza Strip: Qualitative Study
    Author(s): Khitam Abu Hamad*

    The current total fertility rate among Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip (4.5 births per woman) is higher than that of all neighbouring countries, and the population growth rate of 3.3% per year is also one of the highest in the world. This study aimed to examine the main determinants of fertility and contraceptive use among Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. The study entailed collecting primary qualitative data that were collected through focus group discussions with contraceptive users and non-users who have at least one child less than 5 years of age. Six focus groups were assembled with 9 participants per group. Framework analysis was used to analyse the focus group data. The findings of study verified that the lack of social security policies and welfare services for elderly people encouraged parents to have many children to secure old age support. The current Israeli-Palest.. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2167-0420.20.9.485

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