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Interspousal Communication on Family Planning and Its Effect on Contraceptive Adoption in Bangladesh
Authors: S M Mostafa Kamal; Md Aynul Islam
Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 24 no. 3 506-521
Topic(s): Contraception
Family planning
Country: Asia
Published: MAY 2012
Abstract: This article explores the hypothesis that interspousal communication on family planning significantly influences the use of contraceptive method in Bangladesh using the nationally representative 2007 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey data. Both bivariate and multivariate statistical analyses were employed in the study. The findings are consistent with the hypothesis. Both cross-sectional and fixed-effect binary logistic regression models yielded quantitatively important and statistically reliable estimates of the positive effect of husband-wife discussion on family planning on the current use of contraceptive method. Son preference, current residence, region, and visitations by family planning workers are also important determinants of contraceptive use. Programs should be undertaken on behalf of the government to involve men in family planning to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate at the point that needs to achieve the replacement level of fertility in Bangladesh.