Child adoption amongst women attending infertility clinic in a tertiary hospital in south –south Nigeria.
Worldwide, child adoption is one of the main options for infertile couples that help in alleviating the psychological and social consequences of childlessness. The study set out to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice to adoption in a rural community in Esan central Local government area of Edo state, Nigeria. The cross sectional study was carried out in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital. Two hundred and sixty six women attending the Infertility clinic in October, 2013, were recruited consecutively, and interviewed using structured pre-tested questionnaires. Data was analysed using Statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 16, and presented as charts, tables and associations tested with Chi-square. Slightly above half of respondents had good knowledge. Attitude towards adoption was poor and less than 10% practiced adoption. Knowledge was significantly associated with practice. Health education should target identified groups, and aim to clear gaps in knowledge of adoption.
Key words: Adoption, Infertility, Attitude, Health education