International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Understanding resolution of differential fertility preferences among couples in Nigeria
Latifat Ibisomi, Clifford Odimegwu

Using information collected from focus group discussions with men and women from the three dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, we examined how differences in desired number of children among couples are resolved. While fertility preference is related to the value that individuals placed on children as well as perceived their costs and benefits, husbands are favoured as the ‘in charge’ regarding number of children to have in households. In situations where the number of children wanted by men and their wives differ, conflict and distrust are rife. The man is to have additional wife/wives to make up the number that he wants if the woman does not agree with his desire while persuasion is the main option opened to the woman that wants more children than her husband. The findings show the need for reproductive health policies and programmes to further empower women to achieve their fertility preferences.

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