Indonesian Couples’ Pregnancy Ambivalence and Contraceptive Use

Most studies on pregnancy ambivalence are based on data from women and depend on the women’s perceptions to measure their partner’s pregnancy intentions.Because these perceptions may not be accurate,data collected directly from men are needed to understand the role of couple dynamics in fertility behavior.

Indonesian Couples’ Pregnancy Ambivalence and Contraceptive Use

Matched couple data from the 2002–2003 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey were used to examine contraceptive use, fertility desires and attitudes about becoming pregnant in the next few weeks—whether it would be a big problem, a small problem or no problem. Concordance between partners on these issues was evaluated. Inconsistent fertility desires and responses to the problem question are used to define ambivalence within couples. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to assess whether couples’ pregnancy ambivalence was associated with contraceptive use.

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