Dr Paulina Mbua Anake, Dr Nnyenkpa Ntui Anyin & Ubong Christopher Akpan
The main purpose of this study was to determine the influence of counselling and socio-economic factors towards family planning among couples in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. To achieve the aim, two null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. 500 couples were randomly selected from the research area. Self-designed questionnaire was used to collect data from couples. The design adopted was a cross-sectional quantitative survey design. T-test and Pearson product moment correlation coefficient were used for testing the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed that counselling and socio-economic factors significantly influence couples towards family planning in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. It was recommended, among others, that professional counsellors should intensify awareness creation on need for family planning. Also government should build reproductive health centres where family planning education could be given to couples by health care providers on various forms of family planning and its importance to improved health care of couples.