Frequent inter-spousal communication is regarded as an indicator of safe family planning practice. Nevertheless, communication on family planning within couples in Indonesia is still largely unexplored. This study assessed the levels of inter-spousal communication on family planning and its associated determinants, using cross-sectional and nationally representative data from the 2017 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey, from a randomly selected cohort of 8,925 currently-married couples. Data on sociodemographic characteristics, inter-spousal communication behaviors, and attitudes regarding family planning were collected. The dependent variable in this study was wives' responses to how frequently couples discuss family planning. The level of inter-spousal communication on family planning was classified into: never, once or twice, or more frequent. The determinants of the study were region, marital duration, couples' fertility preference, wife's exposed family planning message on television, wife's health problem due to contraception, wife's discussed family planning with doctor, nurse/midwives, or field worker, husband's exposed family planning with field worker, husband's approval and couples' contraceptive use. The analyses were stratified based on the frequency of inter-spousal communication: never, once or twice, or more frequent. There was a greater husband's approval of family planning and communications with family planning field workers, and that those encouraged inter-spousal communication in Indonesia.
- Family planning
- Inter-spousal communication