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.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 24, 2007
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