Exploring the Relationship Between Interpersonal Communication and Use of Modern Method Family Planning in the Philippines

Clarissa David, Jenna Mae Atun


This study seeks to describe the diff erent social influence sources and processes that aff ect people’s attitudes and behaviors regarding the use of modern methods of family planning and the realization of fertility desires. Through qualitative in-depth interviews and focused group discussions, we found that age, marital status, urban residence and gender are some of the factors that determine the source and direction of social infl uence. Women’s social networks are generally supportive of modern method use, but their partners are not. Their sources of infl uence include mothers, sisters and other female members of the extended family. Men’s social networks on the other hand, which consist of brothers and groups of
friends, are a venue for the spread of myths and fallacies about condoms and hormonal contraceptives. Community norms about the inappropriateness of premarital sex and of not marrying a woman that one gets pregnant are learned through parents primarily. Implications on interventions campaign planning
are discussed.

Keywords: family planning, contraception, population, interpersonal communication, diffusion

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