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Family Planning Perceptions and Sustainable Development in Nigeria

OLAWANDE, TOMIKE IBIRONKE and Fasasi, L. T. (2016) Family Planning Perceptions and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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There have been concerns on the galloping population growth and its effects on human beings. The world’s population is increasing and now approximately eight billion people with high potential for further increase. Increasing population growth has significant social and economic implications at the individual, family, and societal levels. Family planning seems to be the potent cornerstone of a worldwide strategy to slow down population growth. However, in developing countries, the perception of the core population is not clear considering the hyper fertility rate in these countries. This study, a household survey, sampled 424 married women, and conducted five in-depth interviews, to examine the relationship between family planning perceptions and high fertility rate among married women in Nigeria. Data collected were analysed using percentages for univariate analysis and chi square to test relationships between the variables. The results revealed that 95.5% of the respondents had heard about family planning while 53.3% stated that they had never used it. A greater percentage of them admitted that they refused to adopt family planning for fear of side effects. About 51% of them stated that money was a barrier to the adoption of family planning while 35% of the respondents claimed that their religion did not support it. Linear regression results revealed that significant relationships existed between the family perceptions (p < 0.013), and sustainable development variables. Family planning was seen as an important preventive measure against infant and maternal mortality. The study concluded that culture, socio-economic factors and poor knowledge about family planning were major determinants of perceptions about family planning, and the utilisation. The study recommended increased family planning talks during clinical meetings with mothers, and empowerment of women in decision making about family planning within households.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Population, Family Planning, Fertility, married women, development, empowerment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 07:19
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 11:41

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