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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-116
Spousal communication, changes in partner attitude, and contraceptive use among the Yorubas of Southwest Nigeria

1 Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
2 Institute of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

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Peter O Ogunjuyigbe
Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.51232

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Objective: This paper highlights the relevance of spousal communication on males' attitude towards their partners' contraceptive use. Design: This was a cross-sectional study. Materials and Methods: Data for the study were obtained from a survey carried out in three states, Oyo, Osun, and Ondo, mainly inhabited by the Yorubas. Results: The results show that men have a significant role to play in the adoption of contraception. About 37% of the respondents reported joint decision making on when to have another child, 40.8% on whether to stop having children, and 44% on what to do to stop childbearing. Communication between a husband and wife on reproductive matters was also recognized as a factor that may influence male participation in family planning. Conclusion: This study has shown that the male partner may be highly motivated to obtain contraceptives. The results therefore suggest that male involvement in family planning should be encouraged through inter-spousal communication.

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