Academic journal article International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women's Decision Making Pre-And Post-Marriage

Academic journal article International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women's Decision Making Pre-And Post-Marriage

Article excerpt

Women in Pakistan who have some involvement in the selection of their husbands prior to marriage are more likely than others to be involved in family planning decisions within their marriage. (1) Of a sample of 1,803 married Pakistani women aged 15-24 drawn from a 2001-2002 nationally representative survey of adolescents and youth, 12% reported having some input into the selection of their husband; 27% had met their husband prior to marriage and 52% were related to their husband. Some 55% reported ever discussing their wanted number of children with their husband, and 44% reported agreeing with their husband about how many children they wanted. Ten percent of women were currently using a contraceptive method, and 51% intended to use a method in the future. In multivariate analyses controlling for socioeconomic characteristics, levels of mobility outside of the home and decision-making ability within the home, women who had had input into whom they were to marry had greater odds than those who had not had such input of agreeing with their husband about how many children they wanted and of in tending to use contraceptives (odds ratios, 1. …

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