Do Knowledge and Cultural Perceptions of Modern Female Contraceptives Predict Male Involvement In Ayete, Nigeria?

Ayodeji A. Sanusi, Oluwaseun O. Akinyemi, Oghenetega O. Onoviran

Abstract

Male involvement is crucial to female contraceptive use. This study examined how male knowledge and cultural perceptions of modern female contraceptives influence involvement in contraceptive use. A cross-sectional survey of 389 men from Ayete, Nigeria was used to regress a continuous male involvement score on demographic variables, knowledge of at least one method of modern female contraception and a scored male perception variable using Ordinary Least Squares regression. Controlling for perception, the knowledge of at least one method of modern female contraception was not significantly associated with a change in male involvement (p=0.264). Increasing positive perception was associated with higher male involvement scores (p=0.001). Higher educated males, those with a current desire to have children and males whose partners were currently using a method had greater male involvement scores (p<0.05). Policy and intervention efforts should be focused on changing cultural perceptions, in addition to providing in-depth knowledge of contraceptive methods. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[4]: 105-114).

 

Keywords: Partner involvement, Family Planning, Nigeria, Contraception, Culture 

 

Résumé

Cette étude a examiné comment la connaissance par les hommes  des méthodes contraceptives féminines modernes et  leurs perceptions culturelles influencent la participation à la contraception féminine. Une enquête transversale de 389 hommes de Ayete, l'État d'Oyo, au Nigeria a été utilisé pour régresser un score continu de participation des hommes, sur les variables démographiques, la connaissance d'au moins une méthode de contraception féminine moderne et une variable de la perception masculine classée par les modèles de la régression ordinaire des moindres carrés. Le contrôle pour la perception, la connaissance d'au moins une méthode de la contraception féminine moderne n’était pas significativement associé à un changement dans la participation des hommes (p = 0,264). L’accroissement de la perception positive a été associé à des scores plus élevés de la participation des hommes (p = 0,001).  Les hommes hautement instruits, ceux qui ont un désir actuel d'avoir des enfants et les hommes dont les partenaires  actuellement se servaient d’une méthode  avaient plus des scores masculins de participation (p <0,05). La politique et les efforts d'intervention devraient être axés sur l'évolution des perceptions culturelles, en plus de fournir une connaissance approfondie des méthodes contraceptives. (Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[4]: 105-114).

 

Mots-clés: participation des hommes,  contraception féminine, perception culturelle, planification familiale,  Nigeria

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