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Reproductive Motivation and Family-Size Preferences among Nigerian Men
Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 25, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1994), pp. 149-161
Published by: Population Council
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137941
Page Count: 13
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Data collected from 3,073 couples in four Nigerian cities and one semiurban settlement were used to examine reproductive decisionmaking and male motivation for large family size. The report concludes that the characteristic male-dominant and patrilineal traditions support large family size and that men's reproductive motivation, to a large extent, affects the reproductive behavior of their wives. Therefore, the factors influencing men's reproductive outcomes and intentions are considered important for fertility transition in Nigeria. Male education, age at marriage, monogamy, interspousal communication, and intention not to rely on children for old-age support are significantly related to smaller actual family size and preferences for smaller families, while being in a male-dominant family setting has a strong relation with large family size and preferences for larger families. The policy implication of this study is the need for programs targeted at men and designed to change their attitudes about population matters and motivate them, and hence their wives, to produce smaller families.
Studies in Family Planning © 1994 Population Council