Emmanuel Obi

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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of International Affairs and Development

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One of the major goals of family planning programs worldwide has been to reduce the level of fertility in hopes of slowing the rate of natural increase and promoting social and economic development. Such programs have officially been in existence in Nigeria since 1988. The major goal of the programs is to increase knowledge and use of contraception. This study examined the attitudes of the citizens with special reference to the southeastern and southwestern regions of Nigeria towards family planning programs, to determine the extent of the programs' success. In conducting this research, 406 households were surveyed, in which either spouse (male or female) was interviewed. The survey was conducted in seven states in Nigeria. Using inferential statistics, the finding of this study indicated that although knowledge of contraception has increased for both rural and urban areas, current use of contraception has not followed in the same direction, mainly due to "want for another child" and preference for male children. This study showed that the family planning program

Nigeria needs to be pursued more vigorously to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. Continuous amendment and periodic evaluation may be necessary to ensure effectiveness and success. This study would provide additional information to the body of literature already in the field.


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