An Assessment of Socioeconomic Determinants of Contraceptive use among Women of Reproductive Age in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.07.04.Art029

Authors : Muhammad Murtala Ibrahim, Muhammad Murtala Ibrahim


This study investigated the socioeconomic determinants of contraceptive use among women of reproductive age in Tarauni local government area of Kano state, Nigeria. The research used descriptive survey design to collect and analyse cross sectional data from the study population with the aid of structured questionnaire that was validated. The population of this study comprised of Women of Reproductive Age- 15-49 living in urban and rural parts of the study area. A total of one hundred and twenty (120) participants, selected through simple and systematic random sampling technique participated in the study. The study data was analysed with SPSS version 20 and presented as frequency tables and simple percentage, while chi-square statistics was used to answer the formulated research hypotheses at a 0.05 level of significance. The findings of this study indicate that religion, cultural norms and occupational status of the woman are strongly associated with the use of family planning by women of reproductive age. However, level of education was not significantly associated with the use of contraceptive in this study. The study recommends that interventions targeting Muslims should recognise the diversity among sects and be more targeted; Family planning messages should target and address cultural beliefs and norms including gender roles that hinder use of contraceptive method among women of reproductive age. Government should provide income generating opportunity for women and expand service delivery points with adequate and affordable products and services to encourage use.

Keywords: Contraception, Contraceptives, Contraceptive use, Family planning, Women of Reproductive age.


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