ANALYSIS OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF MODERN FAMILY PLANNING METHODS AMONG RURAL WOMEN IN UMUAHIA AGRICULTURAL ZONE OF ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

Author(s): Nwaobiala, C. U., Ekweanya, N. M. and Anyanwu, E. V.
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

The study analysed knowledge, attitude and practice of modern family planning methods among rural women in Umuahia Agricultural zone of Abia State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 90 respondents. Data for the study were collected using a structured questionnaire and analysed with descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (multiple regression and ANOVA analyses).Results revealed that the mean age of respondents was 44.4 years, majority (88.98%) were married, with mean household size of 7.0 persons, mean annual farm income of N182,101.00 and8 years of cooperative membership. The women had high (X = 3.2) knowledge, positive attitude (X = 3.1) and moderate practice (X = 1.7) of modern family planning methods. Multiple regression result showed that coefficient for age, marital status, education, income, farming experience, household size, occupation and membership of cooperative society influenced women farmers’ knowledge, attitude and practice on modern family planning methods, at but different levels of probability. ANOVA test result showed a significant difference in knowledge, attitude and practice of modern family planning among women at 5.0% level of probability. The study therefore recommended need to promoting basic education and increased family income to encourage practice of modern family planning methods by women in the study area.

KEYWORDS:

Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Family planning, Rural Women.