Male Involvement in Family Planning Decision Making in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Macellina Y. Ijadunola, Titilayo C. Abiona, Kayode T Ijadunola, Olusegun T . Afolabi, Olapeju A . Esimai, Funmilola M. OlaOlorun

Abstract

 

This 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[4]: 45-52).

 

Résumé

 

Participation des hommes à la prise de décision concernant la planification familiale à Ile – Ife,  état  d’Osun, Nigéria. Cette étude a évalué la conscience, l’attitude et la pratique chez les hommes à l’égard des méthodes du contraceptif moderne ; elle a déterminé le niveau de la communication conjugale et elle a étudié les corrélats des opinions des hommes par rapport à la prise de décision sur la planification familiale à Ile – Ife, Nigéria.  On a utilisé une méthodologie quantitative dans ce modèle descriptif transversal à l’aide d’un questionnaire de méage pour collecter l’information auprès de 402 sujets males.  Nous avons adopté une procedure d’échantillon à plusieurs étapes.  Quatrevingt-neuf pourcent des hommes ont approuvé l’utilisation de la planification familiale alors qu’il n’y avait qu’à peu près 11% qui n’ont pas approuvé.  Quatre-vingt pourcent des hommes ont jamais utilisé la contraception alors que 56%  d’eux étaient des utilisateurs actuels.  La communication conjugale concernant la planification familiale et d’autres objectifs de reproduction familiale était bien médiocre.  Les corrélats sociodémographiques des opinions des hommes comprenaient la religion, le type de mariage, le niveau d’instruction acquise et l’occupation (p<0,05).  L’étude a conclu que la participation des hommes à la prise de décision concernant la planification familiale était médiocre et leur patronage est d’un niveau inférieur (Afr J Reprod Health 2010; 14[3]: 45-52).

 

Keywords: Male involvement, Family planning decision, Spousal communication, Nigeria

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