Spousal communication on family planning and contraceptive adoption in Indonesia

Dian Kristiani Irawaty, Hadi Pratomo

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Background: This study assesses the degree of spousal communication on family planning associated with contraceptive adoption in Indonesia. Method: The analysis of this study was derived from the 2012 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (IDHS). This study utilizes both bivariate and logistic regressions. Results: Findings indicate that 53.3% of respondents had never communicated family planning with their spouses while 46.7% of respondents had communicated before. About 31.3% male respondents were more likely to use contraception if they had discussions on family planning with their spouses. Multiple logistic regression analyses revealed that spousal communication is highly associated with region of residence (OR=1.5; 95% CI=1.4-1.8), exposure of family planning message through television (OR=1.8; 95% CI=1.6-2.0), and contraceptive use (OR=1.8; 95% CI=1.5-2.0). Recommendation: Family planning discussion appears to increase mutual agreement regarding childbearing and contraceptive use among couples. In Indonesia, an intensive effort to target men is needed to both enhance the spousal communication and adopt contraception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-376
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Contraception adoption
  • Family planning
  • Indonesia
  • Spousal communication


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