—India's population constantly exercises pressure on its limited resources making the problem of family planning and population control urgent. The government has made efforts to combat this, but the final say lies with the couple whose interpersonal communication laced with knowledge about Planned Parenthood will ultimately lead government programmes to fruition. This study investigated about the effectiveness of interpersonal communication between married couples and Planned Parenthood to establish if correlation existed and to what extent. Detailed analysis showed strong, positive correlation between levels of knowledge and effectiveness of communication. Male condoms and birth control pills were known methods of contraception among majority. The internet was the most important medium as source of information and “suitable time in life” was the most important reason for Planned Parenthood. An association between decision of parenthood adopted and effectiveness of communication existed. Doctors and family members were enablers of effective communication. This study, which has never been conducted in its current form, clearly showed how important interpersonal communication between married couples on Planned Parenthood is
. Government schemes spread awareness and motivate couples for birth control and spacing. Focus on enabling couples to plan parenthood, even for their first child, should be the agenda now.
—Interpersonal communication, planned parenthood, contraceptives, family planning.
The authors are with the Development Communication from Gujarat University, India (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Sarwatay D. and Divatia A., " A Study on Interpersonal Communication between Married Couples on Planned Parenthood," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-8, 2016.