Conjugal power in rural Kenya families: Its influence on women’s decisions about family size and family planning practices

Conjugal power in rural Kenya families: Its influence on women’s decisions about family size... This paper addresses the effects of conjugal power on currently married women’s decisions about family size and family planning practices in rural Kenya. Data on wife’s position vis-à-vis husband’s that reflects the nature of spousal power relations measured in this study by a constructed score index based on wives’ influence in decision-making processes about family size, adoption of family planning methods, and management of income were collected during an 18 months fieldwork among the Abaluhya, Abagusii, and Masai ethnic groups. These data were used to classify wives’ positions relative to their husbands’ as either low, moderate, or high. These categories were cross-tabulated with the mean number of children ever born and current use of family planning methods. The results reveal that wives who had high positions relative to their husbands had a low mean number of children ever born and reported a greater percentage of current use of family planning methods. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Conjugal power in rural Kenya families: Its influence on women’s decisions about family size and family planning practices

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Personality & Social Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Interdisciplinary Studies; Sociology; Anthropology
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/BF02766264
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Abstract

This paper addresses the effects of conjugal power on currently married women’s decisions about family size and family planning practices in rural Kenya. Data on wife’s position vis-à-vis husband’s that reflects the nature of spousal power relations measured in this study by a constructed score index based on wives’ influence in decision-making processes about family size, adoption of family planning methods, and management of income were collected during an 18 months fieldwork among the Abaluhya, Abagusii, and Masai ethnic groups. These data were used to classify wives’ positions relative to their husbands’ as either low, moderate, or high. These categories were cross-tabulated with the mean number of children ever born and current use of family planning methods. The results reveal that wives who had high positions relative to their husbands had a low mean number of children ever born and reported a greater percentage of current use of family planning methods.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 24, 2007

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