title={BIRTH CONTROL IN BRITAIN DURING THE INTERWAR YEARS: Evidence From the Stopes Correspondence},
  author={Claire Davey},
  journal={Journal of Family History},
  pages={329 - 345}
  • C. Davey
  • Published 1 March 1988
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Family History
Responding to the call by historical demographers for "more empirical studies at the micro-level" of motives for using birth control, a single archival source—letters written to Marie Stopes, a major English advocate of contraception—are used to examine the contraceptive experiences and sexual problems of individual men and women during the later phase of the demographic transition in England (1918-1939). Various statistical assessments reveal that methods and motives for contraception were… Expand
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