Understanding couple communication and family planning in Zambia

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Formative research study findings and recommendations

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Lydia K. Murithi, et al.

This report summarizes the results of a formative research study on the role of couple communication in family planning within the context of child marriages in Zambia. The study was designed to help inform service delivery and social and behavioral change communication interventions to improve couple communication and increase male support for voluntary family planning, with a focus on men who have married adolescent girls. Given the high prevalence of child marriage in Zambia and the lack of evidence regarding communication dynamics among couples in which women married before the age of 18, this study both fills a gap in the evidence base and helps to inform PSI’s family planning programs in Zambia.