Factors, Utilization, Family Planning, Women of Child Bearing Age.
Abstract: This study investigated factors influencing utilization of modern family planning services among women of childbearing age (15-49 years) in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. Three research questions and three hypotheses were formulated. Descriptive survey design was adopted for it. Using accidental sampling technique, 150 women of childbearing age were selected to constitute the sample. Data were collected using a 22-item questionnaire while data collected were subjected to statistical analysis using percentages and contingency Chi-square. Results obtained indicated that religious background of the women significantly relates to utilization of modern family planning services, (P<0.05,df3, critical x2 value = 7.81), educational level of the women also significantly relates to utilization of modern family planning services, and family income significantly related. (P<0.05,df3, critical x2 value = 5.99). Enlightenment programme, which should involve the religious leaders, is recommended as a vital strategy to improve utilization of modern family panning services among women of child bearing age in the study area. Recommended also is the need to improve the literacy status of women by making education free and compulsory for the girl child. Advocated in addition is the need for the necessary political will to empower families financially.