Family planning programmes in Tanzania date back to the 1950s.
By the early 1990s, however, only 5-10% of women of childbearing age used contraceptives in the country.
Low contraceptive prevalence in Tanzania is reportedly attributable to men's opposition to family planning.
This paper employs focus groups to explore the role of Tanzanian men in family planning.
More specifically, it presents a rural-urban comparison of the attitudes of men in Mbeya region, Tanzania, to family size preference, sex composition, partners'communication on family planning matters and contraceptive behaviour.
Findings indicate that men express positive attitudes towards fertility-regulating methods.
There is, moreover, little rural-urban variation in male attitudes towards family planning in the study area.
Possible reasons for this normative convergence (including structural similarities and rural-urban migration between the two communities) are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Mâle, Attitude, Planning familial, Contrôle naissance, Milieu rural, Milieu urbain, Etude comparative, Tanzanie, Afrique, Contraceptif
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Male, Attitude, Family planning, Birth control, Rural environment, Urban environment, Comparative study, Tanzania, Africa, Contraceptive
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0395155
Code Inist : 002A26N06. Création : 25/01/1999.