Objective - To
determine the attitude and behaviour of married males towards family planning uptake
of their spouses in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Study design -This
is a descriptive cross-sectional study design which utilized a semi-structured,
hundred and three voluntary participants who were married males, residing within
Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti metropolis.
Across-sectional study was employed in this research to enable any desired data
to be collected at one point in time using a semi-structured questionnaire
administered to participants who also consented to the survey.
Results – There
were 403 returned and analyzable questionnaires out of 410 questionnaires administered.
The modal age group was 41 -50 years (35.0%). A total number of 23(5.7%) respondents
only had primary education, 179(44.5%)secondary education, 161(39.9%)tertiary, while
40(9.9%)had no formal education. The majority of respondents, 202(50.1 %),
desired to have 1 -4 children, while 121(30.0%)opted for 5-8 children. Only a
smaller fraction, 38(9.4%), depends on God for the size of their family.
Although most of the respondents in the study, 265(65.5%), admitted that
decisions on family planning practice should be jointly reached by both
spouses, 198(49.1 %)reminded their wives to use contraceptives, but only
58(14.4%) attended family planning clinics with their wives.
Conclusions – This
study highlighted that a far greater number of respondents desired small sized
family and also encouraged their wives to use their chosen contraceptives, but
majority were not very willing to attend Family planning clinics with their
spouses. Strategies to encourage married males to adequately key into family
planning programmes should be devised.
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