Religious beliefs prevailing among Somali men living in Finland regarding the use of the condom by men and that of other forms of contraception by women
2008 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 13, no 3, 298-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of this study was to explore religious beliefs of Somali men residing in Finland that may influence their use of condoms and their perceptions of contraceptive use by women of their community. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to study 98 refugee Somali married men aged 30-65 years. Participants filled in self-administered questionnaires (in English or in Somali) but were also interviewed. The interviews were semi-structured, featuring thematically clustered open-ended questions; they were conducted in Somali or in English. Participants had arrived in Finland between 1990-1998. They had from 2-12 children. For religious reasons, 63% of the men avoided using condoms and were opposed to women's contraceptive use. The remaining 37% were not deterred by religious beliefs from using condoms and from approving women's contraceptive practices. In conclusion, for religious reasons, most Somali men assessed avoided using condoms and disapproved of the use of contraception by women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 13, no 3, 298-303 p.
Somali men, religious beliefs, contraceptive use, Finland
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-88704DOI: 10.1080/02699200802185205ISI: 000259647600012PubMedID: 18821464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-88704DiVA: diva2:158914