Robert Malthus's Theory Of Population And Family Health

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Introduction Population & Family Health focuses on the health needs and rights of diverse populations in communities across the world. Critical evaluation, current research activities related to the concept/theories of population and family health, application of the concepts in the current job and usefulness of the concept to the current world will be attempted in the following sections. Malthusian Crisis A Malthusian crisis results when starvation ensues as a result of overpopulation. The agricultural produce is not able to keep pace with the population growth therefore leading to starvation, malnutrition and death. In 1798 Thomas Robert Malthus predicted that short-term achievement in standards of living will unavoidably be undermined as human population growth outweighs food production, and thereby reverse living standards back to subsistence level.1 According to Malthus, two types of 'checks ', namely preventive and positive, reduce a population 's growth rate. Preventive checks are voluntary actions people can take to avoid contributing to over-population. Because of his religious beliefs, Reverend Malthus supported a concept he called moral restraint, in which people delay marriage and reproduction until they are capable of supporting a family. He also listed vices, adultery, prostitution, and birth control as immoral ways of population check. He however favored moral restraint and didn 't support the latter practices. Positive checks to population growth include

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