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Title:Sociocultural influence on family-planning acceptance in Africa: special reference to Kenya
Author:Ocholla-Ayayo, A.B.C.ISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:1
Issue:1-2
Period:December
Pages:31-48
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:family planning
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Family Planning and Contraception
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Fertility and Infertility
Abstract:To a large extent, family planning programmes have not succeeded in Kenya. Factors mitigating against family planning are the high rate of infant and child mortality, the fact that children are often the only source of domestic labour, and the fact that the status of women still depends on the number of children they have produced. Children also continue to provide the best social security at old age. Children are part of the lineage continuity that a single-child family cannot achieve. According to tradition, sons will inherit the father's authority and protect the lineage wealth after the death of their parents. Girls are a source of wealth through marriage; they portend potential richness and respect. The author dispels as a false hope the notion that fertility in Africa will automatically decline with intensified levels of education and also wonders how long the fertility differential currently apparent between monogamous and polygynous women will last. Bibliogr., sum.
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