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Type Journal Article - Journal of religion and health
Title The Influence of Religion and Ethnicity on Family Planning Approval: A Case for Women in Rural Western Kenya
Volume 55
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 192-205
URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25763505
The role of sociocultural factors such as religion and ethnicity in aiding or hampering family planning (FP) uptake in rural Western Kenya, a region with persistently high fertility rates, is not well established. We explored whether attitudes towards FP can be attributed to religious affiliation and/or ethnicity among women in the region. Findings show that religion and ethnicity have no impact; the most significant factors are level of education and knowledge about the benefits of FP for the mother. FP interventions ought to include strategies aimed at enhancing women's knowledge about the positive impacts of family planning.

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