influencing the choice of family planning among couples in
South West Nigeria
OLAITAN, Olukunmi Lanre
Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education,
University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234 80 347 15 348.
Accepted 17 June, 2011
The study investigated factors influencing the choice of
family planning among couples in South West Nigeria. Six
hundred couples were selected from five South
Western States in Nigeria through a multistage sampling
technique. Questionnaire was used to collect information
from the subjects. Five research questions were raised and
five hypotheses were formulated, chi-square statistics was
employed for the purpose of data analysis at 0.05 alpha
level of significant. The findings revealed that
socio-economic status, religious factors and cultural norms
do not influence couples’ choice, whereas, educational
background of the couples, and involvement of partners
toward the choice of family planning significantly influence
the choice of family planning among couples. On the basis of
findings, it was recommended among others that, every couple
should be well informed about the importance of family
planning’s choice so as to improve their reproductive health
and economic standard of living, to reduce maternal
mortality, morbidity and reduce unwanted pregnancy.
Key words: Family planning, couples, socio-economic.