The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of social networks on contraceptive adoption in Bangladesh.
Data were collected from 430 couples; the age of men was between 15 and 49 years. χ2 test was applied to test the association between independent variables and current contraceptive use. Binary logistic regression was applied to examine the effects of social network on contraceptive use, and multinomial logistic regression was applied to examine the effect of social network on the choice of method.
Results from binary logistic regression reveal that social networks of both men (OR=2.71, 95% CI=1.371−5.354) and women (OR= 3.597, 95% CI=1.754−7.380) had a strong positive effect on current contraceptive use. The result from multinomial logistic regression also shows that men’s social network (OR= 2.74, 95% CI= 1.356−5.548) and women’s social network (OR=4.165,95% CI=1.958−8.860) were also associated with choosing a modern contraceptive method.
Social networks have a significant effect on current contraceptive use and modern method choice in Bangladesh. A social network approach should be included in family planning program in Bangladesh.
Islam, M.S. (2020), "Social networks and their effects on the choice of contraceptive use and method in Bangladesh", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 58-71. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-07-2018-0045
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