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This article concentrated on the socio-social variables influencing the married women autonomy in reproductive decisions in Nsukka L.G.A. of Enugu State, Nigeria. Three imperative ideas of
reproductive decision making were examined specifically: decision on the quantity of children to
have in the family, decision on the place to seek care during pregnancy/childbirth, and decision on the use of contraceptives for family planning purposes.Both quantitative and qualitative
techniques(questionnaire, in-depth interview and focus group discussions) were used for data
collection from a study completed in Obukpa, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State
Nigeria in 2011. The findings of the study demonstrated that married women in Obukpa, Nsukka
L.G.A. do not have autonomy of reproductive decisions. Socio-social variables like residence, age, educational qualification, religion, occupation, did not decidedly influence the autonomy of
reproductive decisions of married women. Their autonomy was essentially influenced by ‘culture’, which depicts male predominance. This is common place of a male dominated culture; which incorporates Obukpa in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria (Okonkwo,Uchenna, & Ezumah, Nkoli, 2017).

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