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Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice on child Adoption amongst women attending infertility clinics in Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.


Prince Ezenwa Ndubueze Onyemaechi
Ihuoma Lois Ndu-Agomuo
Prince Obinna Onyemaechi

Abstract

Introduction: Adoption is alternative and permanent legal transfer of all parental rights of a baby from one person or couple to another. Study assessed knowledge, attitude and practice of adoption among women attending infertility clinics in Abia State University Teaching, Aba.


Methods: Semi-structed questionnaire was administered to 381 women attending infertility clinics from May 2018 to January 2019 at ABSUTH Aba.


Results: Knowledge of child adoption 345 (90.6%) and practice 272 (71.4%) were high while attitude 117 (30.7%) was low. Majority of respondents were Igbo 339 (89%) and had good knowledge more than other tribes. The difference was statistically significant. Respondents with greater than 5 years duration of infertility 103 (27%), wives who were presumed as cause of infertility 55 (14.5%) had positive attitude towards adoption more than others. Respondents with tertiary education 146 (38.3) Igbo tribe 269 (70.6%), primary type of infertility 137 (36%) and wives presumed cause of infertility 116 (30.4%) had good practice more than respondents with lower education. The difference is statistically significant. Respondents with primary type of infertility 145 (37.5%), with greater than 5 years of duration of infertility 81 (21.2%) and wives presumed as cause of infertility 28 (7.3%) showed willingness for adoption more than other respondents. The difference is statistically significant. Type of infertility is the only socio-demographic variable that had association with willingness to adopt. This is statistically significant (r = .419: p<.05)


Conclusion: Knowledge of child adoption was high among respondents but willingness to adopt was low.

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