Men's social networks and contraception in Ghana

Winfred Avogo, Victor Agadjanian

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In this paper, longitudinal data from northern Ghana is used to assess the effects of encouragement to use family planning that men receive from their personal network partners on the adoption of modern contraception by their wives. The study tests a conceptual model that, in addition to the effect of men's network encouragement, incorporates the effect of encouragement to use family planning that women receive from their respective network partners and the effect of spousal communication on reproductive matters and approval of family planning. Results show that encouragement received by men from their social networks significantly increases the likelihood of subsequent contraceptive use by their wives but this effect operates primarily by galvanizing spousal communication on reproductive matters. The effect of encouragement received by women from their respective network partners is largely independent from the effect of male network encouragement but it influences contraceptive adoption both directly and through spousal communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-429
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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