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A Study of Agreement between Husbands and Wives on Contraceptive Use
Authors: Begum Shahina
Source: Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, Volume : 5, Issue : 1, 105-108, DOI : 10.5958/j.0976-5506.5.1.025
Topic(s): Contraception
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2014
Abstract: Aim The objective of the paper is to find out the agreement on use of contraception among Indian couples. Method The data was extracted from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), India, conducted during 2005–06. The information on contraceptive knowledge and use were collected from wives aged 15–49 years and husbands aged 15–54 years. Kappa statistics was applied to see the agreement in reporting ever use and current use of contraceptive methods between wives and husbands. Results There was substantial agreement (k=0.61) regarding reporting current use of contraceptive methods, indicating the agreement between husbands and wives represented 61% of the potentially achievable agreement beyond chance. Moderate agreement (0.57) among urban couples and substantial agreement (0.63) among rural couples were observed in reporting on current use of contraceptive methods. Conclusion Couple-level research adds more information on contraceptive behaviour which may be useful for programmers and policy makers.