The roles of men in family planning - A study of married men at the UKM primary care clinic

Joshua En Sheng Ling, Tong Seng Fah

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Introduction: Traditionally, family planning initiatives were concentrated on women despite it being a family matter. As family dynamics evolved over the years, fathers’ involvement in family planning has become crucial in enhancing the family well-being. Objectives: This study aimed to identify the role played by men in family planning activities and the association of socio-economic characteristics with these roles. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study carried out in a university primary care clinic. All married male attendees to the clinic, aged 50 years and below, were approached to answer a set of self-administered questionnaires, asking for their involvement in family planning practices. The data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: There were 167 participants in the study. A high proportion of men participated in the discussions regarding previous pregnancies (60.42%), future child planning (89.76%) and desired family size (89.76%). However, the discussions on the usage of family planning methods (FPMs; 39.16%) were significantly low. Socio-economic factors associated with higher likelihood of men discussing family planning activities were older age (p < 0.0), higher education level (p = 0.010), higher monthly income (p < 0.001) and longer duration of marriage (p = 0.0049). Conclusions: The level of participation of men varied in the discussions of four family planning activities. The roles taken by men in family planning were associated with older age and higher socio-economic class. The majority of men needs to be encouraged to play a more active role in the discussion of FPMs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalMalaysian Family Physician
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Family Planning Services
Primary Health Care
Economics
Family Relations
Family Practice
Marriage
Fathers
Cross-Sectional Studies
Education
Pregnancy

Keywords

  • Family planning
  • Gender roles
  • Masculinity
  • Men’s role

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  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice

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The roles of men in family planning - A study of married men at the UKM primary care clinic. / Ling, Joshua En Sheng; Seng Fah, Tong.

In: Malaysian Family Physician, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2017, p. 2-13.

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