Intimate Communication across Borders: Spousal Labor Migration and Recent Partner Communication about Family Planning in Nepal

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Abstract

Amid widespread labor migration in Nepal, spousal separation may affect partner communication about intimate topics like family planning. We examined the association between spousal migration experience and partner communication about family planning using survey responses from 1,793 married Nepali women (ages 18–49 years) with a child under 5 years. More than 60% of women had recently migrating spouses. Forty-seven percent reported recent partner communication about family planning. Women with currently migrating spouses were significantly less likely than women with non-migrant spouses to report recent spousal discussions about family planning. Recent partner communication about family planning varied by destination and duration of current migration. Future programs designed to fulfill the reproductive health needs of transregional or transnational couples should address partner communication about family planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-490
Number of pages21
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Keywords

  • Nepal
  • South Asia
  • contraception
  • labor migration
  • partner communication
  • women “left behind”

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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