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Use of Contraceptives for Birth Spacing in a Nigerian City

Oni, Gbolahan A. and McCarthy, James Use of Contraceptives for Birth Spacing in a Nigerian City. Studies in Family Planning.

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of contraceptives among women aged 15-35 in the urban area of Ilorin, Nigeria, with particular focus on use for the purpose of spacing births. Approximately 19 percent of ever-married women in the sample had used contraceptives at some time and approximately 6 percent were using at the time of the survey. Results suggest that some women have used or are using contraceptives as a substitute for prolonged periods of postpartum sexual abstinence. Whereas all groups of women in the study prefer to maintain an interval of two years between births, less traditional women no longer prefer to observe long periods of postpartum sexual abstinence. For some women, therefore, there is a wide gap between the length of preferred birth interval and the length of preferred abstinence. The magnitude of this gap is significantly associated with both ever use and current use of contraceptives. Other variables found to have a significant independent effect on contraceptive use were total number of children desired, maternal age, and maternal education

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Professor Gbolahan Oni
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2015 21:28
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2015 21:28
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/4607

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