Ronald Freedman and Barney Berelson of the Population Council undertook this landmark survey in Taichung, Taiwan, to study the diffusion and acceptance of family planning among women there. The project demonstrated that poor women in developing countries were interested in limiting the size of their families and that surveys could be used to assess their attitudes and behaviors. The study initiated PSC’s long involvement with family planning and fertility research in Taiwan and other developing nations, and set the stage for the center’s focus on international demographic research and training.

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