Motivation and Involvement of Men in Family Planning in Pakistan

M Framurz Khan Kiani


The study of men in involvement and use of family planning
methods is important because of their dominant role in family
decision-making in the socio-structural context of Pakistan. The
objective of present study is to examine the changes in knowledge and
attitude of men about family planning, and also to estimate the extent
to which it affects their contraceptive use behaviour. The findings show
that men’s knowledge and contraceptive use has increased three times
during the period from 1968-69 to 1990. The important factors that
determine men’s contraceptive use behaviour are the approval of family
planning, the communication with wife on family planning matters, and
the desire for children. The multivariate analysis shows that men living
in urban areas, with greater knowledge and a positive attitude towards
family planning, are more likely to use contraception. In addition,
wife’s autonomy is also important in explaining men’s involvement in the
use of family planning. The study reveals that most Pakistani men
approve of family planning and suggests that men should receive an equal
focus together with women in the population welfare programme

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