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Family size and quality of life nexus-case of Sunyani municipality, Ghana

Jones Lewis Arthur, Sunyani Polytechnic

The 1996 population policy of Ghana underlies the various drives to increasing population as well as modes for ensuring a manageable population size. The research examines the major drives to choice of family sizes as well as the socio-economic implications of such a choice. The study involved a review and analysis of available literature on population in the Sunyani Municipality as well as Ghana. It was identified that majority of the people in the Sunyani Municipality have small family sizes of less that five children. Choice of family size in the Municipality was identified to have been marginally determined by contraceptive usage, sex preference of children and income levels. It was recommended that family planning education should be actively pursued by relevant organizations including and not limited to the National Population Council, Sunyani Municipal Assembly (DA), Non-Governmental Organizations.

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Presented in Session 40: What is the impact of high fertility on family wellbeing?