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Conference Poster: Influence of Gender Attitudes on Spousal Communication and Attitudes toward FP Decision-Making

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Poster on gender attitudes and spousal communication At the November 2011 APHA annual conference, C-Change presented preliminary findings from an operations research study on couples of reproductive age in Tanzania. The Gender Equitable Men (GEM) Scale was used to analyze spousal communication and attitudes toward family planning (FP) decision-making. Preliminary findings reveal that husbands and wives had similar scores, but only husbands' scores were significantly associated with gender-equitable attitudes toward FP decision-making. Indeed, the higher the husband's GEM score, which indicates more gender equaitable attitudes, the more likely the husband reported that number of children and when to have them should be a joint decision with his wife.

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