Male Involvement in Family Planning Decision Making in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
AbstractThis study assessed men’s awareness, attitude, and practice of modern contraceptive methods, determined the level of spousal communication, and investigated the correlates of men’s opinion in family planning decision making in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Quantitative methodology was employed in this cross-sectional descriptive design using a structured household questionnaire to collect information from 402 male study participants. A multistage sampling procedure was employed. Eighty-nine percent of men approved of the use of family planning while only about 11 percent disapproved of it. Eighty percent of men had ever used contraception while 56 percent of them were current users. Spousal communication about family planning and other family reproductive goals was quite poor. The socio-demographic correlates of men’s opinions included religion, marriage type, educational attainment, and occupation (p<0.05). The study concluded that male involvement in family planning decision making was poor and their patronage of family planning services was low (Afr J Reprod Health 2010; 14: 45-52)
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