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This research study was designed to examine the socio-cultural variables and attitude of couples toward family planning in Cross River State, Nigeria. In order to effectively carry out the study, two research hypothesis were formulated to guide the study. These hypotheses states: that religion cannot significantly influence attitude of couples toward family planning; traditional belief cannot significantly influence attitude of couples toward family planning. To test the hypotheses and direct the study focally, questionnaire were designed to solicit information from respondents in the study area. The data obtained were subjected to statistical computations using One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and simple linear regression analysis. The reliability of the instrument was established using Cronbach alpha reliability method and the coefficients ranged between .79 and .89. One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Simple Linear Regression analysis were used for data analysis. The result revealed that religion, traditional belief, gender roles, mass media, family culture and education have significant influence on attitude of couples toward family planning. It was recommended that government should design adequate awareness programmes targeted at religious leaders in the state on family planning, design community education programmes to educate community members of certain traditional belief and embrace modernization and develop a platform through which public health workers can interact with couples and advise them on the importance of family planning and why they should allow their wives to use the modern methods. These will improve the attitude of couples toward family planning in Cross River State.






 









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Socio-cultural variable Attitude Couple and Family Planning

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