Does a wife's education influence spousal agreement on approval of family planning? Random-effects modeling using data from two West African countries

Mian Hossain, Saifuddin Ahmed, Laurencia Rogers

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Abstract

Spousal approval of family planning is critical for contraceptive use. Both contraceptive use rates and women's education are low in many West-African countries and this study examines the role of wives' education in spousal agreement on approval of family planning in two sub-Saharan West African countries. We used couples' data from Demographic Health Surveys in Senegal and in Niger, conducted in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Multiple logistic regression results using multilevel modeling show that the odds of spousal agreement on approval of family planning were slightly over three times [OR: 3.16; 95% CI: 1.32 to 7.57] in Senegal and were about three times [OR: 3.07; 95% CI: 1.64 to 5.76] in Niger higher for women with more than primary education. Findings suggest that improvement in women's education could lead to spousal agreement on approval of family planning, which may lead to use of family planning in sub-Saharan African countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-576
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Agreement
  • Couple
  • Family planning
  • Women's education
  • Women's empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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