HomeHealth Sciences Journalvol. 2 no. 1 (2013)

Awareness, attitudes and practices of Filipino fathers in artificial family planning: A descriptive study

Jeaness Marie G. Amante | Jansil Marie L. Amit | Kristel Mae F. Amparado | Anna Romina A. Anchores | Nafeeza Jeane F. Andal | Liwayway R. Andrade | Cynric S. Ang | Pamela C. Angulo | Frances Andrea A. Añover | Erika M. Aquino | Justin S. Aquino | Jose Ronilo G. Juangco

Discipline: Health

 

Abstract:

Background The contribution of fathers in artificial family planning practices is pivotal to the actual implementation of these methods within individual households. However, there is a scarcity of literature regarding male involvement in artificial family planning, especially within the Philippines. This cross-sectional study describes the awareness, attitudes and practices of Filipino fathers from a selected barangay in Quezon City to artificial family planning.

Methods A one-on-one questionnaire-guided interview was conducted on 88 respondents selected through convenience sampling, using a standardized survey questionnaire. Descriptive analysis of data was carried out using Microsoft Excel and STATA® 12 software.

Results This study showed that the most familiar artificial family planning method among fathers was the condom (96.59%); that artificial family planning methods were deemed less acceptable than natural family planning methods; and that the fathers who used artificial family planning methods outnumbered those that did not (51.14% vs 48.86%).

Discussion Filipino fathers have limited awareness with regard to artificial family planning. However, their attitudes and practices towards these methods are generally favorable and positive.