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Power relations and negotiations in contraceptive decision-making when husbands oppose family planning: analysis of ethnographic vignette couple data in Southwest Nigeria

Power relations and negotiations in contraceptive decision-making when husbands oppose family planning: analysis of ethnographic vignette couple data in Southwest Nigeria
Power relations and negotiations in contraceptive decision-making when husbands oppose family planning: analysis of ethnographic vignette couple data in Southwest Nigeria
Contraceptive use in Nigeria has remained low at less than 15% for over two decades. Although husbands’ opposition is acknowledged as one of the factors impeding women’s contraceptive use, little is known about how wives negotiate when their husbands oppose family planning. We address this research gap by conducting thematic analyses of qualitative data from 30 interviews of married couples. We employed thematic analysis to identify relevant themes from the transcribed data. The findings clearly demonstrate attitudes highlighting imbalance in power relations and contraceptive decision-making within marital relationships. By initially complying with the husband’s wish as a ‘sign of honour’, and then making further attempts at convincing him about family planning use, a woman can achieve her contraceptive target; or through the involvement of a third party. Wives are less empowered to overtly use contraceptives when their husbands oppose family planning, however, there are accepted justifications for covert use. The findings underscore the need to strengthen family planning interventions to enable behavioural change among Nigerian men, promote gender and reproductive health rights, and empower women with better negotiation skills.
1369-1058
Adanikin, Abiodun, Idowu
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Mcgrath, Nuala
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Padmadas, Sabu
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Adanikin, Abiodun, Idowu
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Mcgrath, Nuala
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Padmadas, Sabu
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Adanikin, Abiodun, Idowu, Mcgrath, Nuala and Padmadas, Sabu (2019) Power relations and negotiations in contraceptive decision-making when husbands oppose family planning: analysis of ethnographic vignette couple data in Southwest Nigeria. Culture, Health and Sexuality. (doi:10.1080/13691058.2019.1568576).

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Contraceptive use in Nigeria has remained low at less than 15% for over two decades. Although husbands’ opposition is acknowledged as one of the factors impeding women’s contraceptive use, little is known about how wives negotiate when their husbands oppose family planning. We address this research gap by conducting thematic analyses of qualitative data from 30 interviews of married couples. We employed thematic analysis to identify relevant themes from the transcribed data. The findings clearly demonstrate attitudes highlighting imbalance in power relations and contraceptive decision-making within marital relationships. By initially complying with the husband’s wish as a ‘sign of honour’, and then making further attempts at convincing him about family planning use, a woman can achieve her contraceptive target; or through the involvement of a third party. Wives are less empowered to overtly use contraceptives when their husbands oppose family planning, however, there are accepted justifications for covert use. The findings underscore the need to strengthen family planning interventions to enable behavioural change among Nigerian men, promote gender and reproductive health rights, and empower women with better negotiation skills.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 14 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 427396
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427396
ISSN: 1369-1058
PURE UUID: 3c61c35e-0da2-4d10-aed0-9a5331482c4a
ORCID for Nuala Mcgrath: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1039-0159
ORCID for Sabu Padmadas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6538-9374

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Date deposited: 15 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 24 May 2019 00:31

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