Factors influencing male involvement in family planning among married couples seeking maternity and pediatric services in Chuk
Mercy Nwankwo, Chinenye
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Globally women have played a major role in household and decision making on their own health care and life through family planning. There has been tremendous improvement in utilization of family planning and reduced birth rates. However male involvement in family planning is still minimal with male playing a peripheral role. The aim of the study is to determine the factors influencing male involvement in family planning among married couples seeking maternity and pediatric services from January to June 2016 in CHUK. Cross-sectional study design was used. The study population comprised of 171 married couples seeking maternity and pediatric services in CHUK. The study sample size was 119 married couples systematic and randomly selected participated in the study. Data was collected using Interviewer administered semi-structured questionnaires. Study instrument validated by pilot testing and translating into local language and data collection lasted for a period of one month. Data was analyzed using SPSS for descriptive and inferential statistics at level of significance was set at p= 0.05. Findings were as follows: the socio-demographic characteristics that influenced male involvement in family planning with (P <0.05) includes; participant‟s age, religion and residence. In like manner about 84 (70.6%) of study respondents had good involvement in family planning. Also spouse are not influenced by taboo when they understand benefits of Family Planning. A good number of the respondents knew condom and pills as family planning method However, only 27(22.7 knew withdrawal and 45(37.8%) aware of Tubal ligation as family planning. Inadequate health education by health care workers on Family Planning products/services may lead to low uptake of services (P = 0.04). Finally, study result showed low knowledge and influence of taboo. Way forward, to increase knowledge and improve attitude of males towards method of family planning and support their spouses‟ use of family planning.