Lara Rostomian Humanities and Social Science
Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia
When looking into the topic of family planning in Armenia, I was disappointed to see the limited and outdated literature available. This data, nearly two decades old, indicated high abortion rates coupled with low modern contraceptive prevalence. Making this discovery ignited my interest in conducting survey-based research to assess Armenian womens knowledge and attitudes towards modern contraception; explore the barriers these women face in seeking contraception; and ultimately uncover why women in Armenia seem to use abortion as their main method of family planning. Studying womens sexual and reproductive health in Armenia is important because social stigma surrounding this issue may not only hinder women from gaining access to modern contraception, but also to education regarding their options. Additionally, recognizing that the existing peer-reviewed literature has not been recently amended or expanded, I will be analyzing how and if womens attitudes have shifted in the past 20 years, specifically following Armenias social and political revolution of 2018.