The Influence of Religion and Ethnicity on Family Planning Approval A Case for Women in Rural Western Kenya

The role of sociocultural factors such as religion and ethnicity in aiding or hampering family planning (FP) uptake in rural Western Kenya, a region with persistently high fertility rates, is not well established. We explored whether attitudes towards FP can be attributed to religious affiliation an...

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Main Authors: Bakibinga, Pauline; Mugaruka, Richard 1948-
Other Authors: Ezeh, Alex; Kamande, Eva; Mukiira, Carol; Mutombo, Namuunda
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2016, Volume: 55, Issue: 1, Pages: 192-205
Further subjects:B Western Kenya
B Ethnicity
B Family planning approval
B Religion
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Summary:The role of sociocultural factors such as religion and ethnicity in aiding or hampering family planning (FP) uptake in rural Western Kenya, a region with persistently high fertility rates, is not well established. We explored whether attitudes towards FP can be attributed to religious affiliation and/or ethnicity among women in the region. Findings show that religion and ethnicity have no impact; the most significant factors are level of education and knowledge about the benefits of FP for the mother. FP interventions ought to include strategies aimed at enhancing women’s knowledge about the positive impacts of family planning.
ISSN:1573-6571
DOI:10.1007/s10943-015-0030-9
Persistent identifiers:DOI "10.1007/s10943-015-0030-9"