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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-93

Knowledge, attitude and practice of adoption among unmarried adolescent expectant mothers


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, Nigeria

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Samuel N Obi
Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, P.M.B 102 Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
Nigeria
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Objective: To examine the knowledge, attitude and practice of adoption among unmarried adolescent expectant mothers. Method: A questionnaire survey of unmarried adolescent expectant mothers seen during antenatal booking within a 2-year period. Results: A total of one hundred and thirty (65.7%) adolescent mothers have heard of adoption but only seventy (35.4%) knew the correct meaning. The more educated patients had better knowledge of adoption. Twenty-three (11.6%) of the adolescents chose the option of adoption and the educational status did not affect their choice. Lack of financial support, erroneous cultural belief and ignorance contributed to the attitude of these adolescents and their decision about adoption. Conclusion: Provision of financial, social and emotional support for the young adolescent mothers as well as public enlightenment on adoption as a better option to unsafe clandestine abortion and street abandonment of babies should be embarked upon rigorously in our environment.


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