Family planning : an evaluative study on the attitudes and use of contraceptives by black males in Umtata

Madikizela, Nosinodi Alicia (1989) Family planning : an evaluative study on the attitudes and use of contraceptives by black males in Umtata. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify, observe and record the attitudes and use to of contraceptives by black males in Umtata and to investigate the effect of education, urbanisation and age on fertility control. Data was gathered from a sample of adult males who were past the school going age and were employed or working in Umtata and its surburbs, which are Ngangelizwe, Ikwezi, Southernwood, Northcrest, Norwood, Ncambedlana, Nduli Crescent, Fortgale and Hill Crest. Information was also gathered from Nursing officers in charge of family planning service centres in the areas mentioned above. Findings reveal that, although black urbanised educated males in Umtata seem to have accepted the use of contraceptives by themselves and their sexual partners, their patterns of behaviour in relation to fertility control and the value of children to families remains traditional. This contributes to the relatively high fertility rate in the country. Children are an investment for old age. They are also regarded as a security factor against divorce. It is the duty of legally married couples to raise a family with children who will continue to bear the family name. It appears that men are either suspicious of modern contraception if not totally opposed to it. Many still prefer the use of natural methods of contraception . There is thus need for social workers and health planners to recognise and educate males on the· use and benefits of modern contraceptives to limit the number of children borne and control periods when they would like to have children. This study will be of value to social welfare services and to family planning nurses who are in direct contact with clients in hospitals and clinics, in their family planning campaigns, when they motivate couples and individuals on the importance of family planning, and also in mother-and-child health services. Educationists, sociologists, psychologists and persons in other fields of study will also benefit from information attained in this survey.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Birth control, Contraception, Umtata, Blacks, South Africa, Culture
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Supervisors:Mitchell, W. A.
ID Code:3764
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 10:30
Last Modified:23 Oct 2012 10:30
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