Men's attitudes about family planning in dakar, senegal

  • Posner J
  • Mbodji F
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Abstract

A survey of 1,000 men's behavior and opinions with respect to family planning, undertaken in Dakar in 1986, shows that contrary to popular belief, acceptance of contraception at least for the purpose of spacing births is substantial, even among men from the most conservative backgrounds. Actual use of contraceptives varied considerably across occupations. Among functionaries and students, it ranged between 25 and 49%. Among the working class, prevalence was low, especially within marriage. Uncertainty about the position of Islam regarding fertility control was apparent even among the highly educated and was given as a reason for rejecting use for contraceptives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Jill K. Posner

  • Fara Mbodji

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