Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.17, Issue 3, 2011; Page No.(495-501)

SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES OF FAMILY PLANNING AMONG THE MEN IN THE RURAL AREAS - A CASE STUDY OF YEBU DISTRICT OF FCT, ABUJA, NIGERIA

Oladele O. Aluko and Areo O. Oyeyemi

Abstract

There is a growing population problem in Nigeria. The utilization of population control measures visa- vis family planning methods is observed to be below expectation, especially in the rural areas. This means that most rural dwellers have children mostly by chance and not by choice with subsequent large families and population increase. This study therefore, was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of men in the rural area towards family planning. The Study employed interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaire to obtain information from 150 respondents. Quantitative analyses of responses were done using simple percentages. The Study found out that the overall contraceptive use rate is low among the study group and many still believe in having children because of the assistance they provide at work and support for old age. The Study finally, recommended that the services of the Planned Parenthood federation of Nigeria (PPFN) should be extended to the rural areas. A clinic in at least each local government headquarters is desirable.

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