Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Reproductive Health


One other study of health care service use focuses on reproductive health services (Romo, Berenson, & Wu, 2004). This study of low-income Latina women receiving family planning services at two health clinics finds that being Catholic and frequently attending church are not associated with womens willingness to use emergency contraception services. However, if Latina women have strong religious views about the morality of emergency contraception, the study finds that they are more unwilling to use these services. These findings demonstrate that it may be that measuring specific religious beliefs about health treatments can disentangle the effects of religiosity from other reasons why patients use services.

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