Family Size Preferences Among Married Men in A Semiurban Community in Delta State, South-south, Nigeria

Oyibo Gold Patrick, Abedi HO, Onohwakpor EA


Introduction: Men's reproductive motivation to a large extent affects the reproductive
behavior of their wives rather than vice versa. This study was conducted to assess the family size
preferences among married men in a semi-urban community in Delta State, south-south,
Materials and methods: This study was a community-based descriptive cross-sectional study
conducted in September 2013. A total of 275 married men were selected by a multistage
sampling technique for the study. All the participating men were presented with a pre-tested
semi-structured questionnaire which was interviewer administered.
Results: Majority of the respondents were in the age group 35-44 years (37.5 %), had at least
secondary education (46.9 %), were unskilled workers (38.5 %) and were in a monogamous
marital union (75.6 %). The mean desired family size and the mean number of living children
among the respondents were 5.6 and 4.6 respectively. Over half of the respondents (60.0 %) had
more than four living children. The binary logistic regression analysis indicated that no formal
education, primary education status, polygamous marital union and disapproval to family
planning were determinants of large family size (more than four children) among the
Conclusion: The results of this study reveals that majority of the respondents had a large
family size. There is need for a conscious effort to motivate men towards having less number of
children as recommended by the National Population Policy framework.
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 and Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of health Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Correspondence: Dr.  (MBBS; MSc; FWACP; FRSPH) E-mail: 


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