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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-23

Knowledge and attitudes toward child adoption and fostering among infertile women in northern Nigeria

1 Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Hospital Road, PMB 3254, Kano, Niger
2 Bayero University Kano, Kano, Niger

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Sanusi Abubakar
Department of Community Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Hospital Road, PMB 3254, Kano
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-8561.112062

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Background: Infertility is a public health problem in the developing countries. However, the role of child adoption or fostering in the management of infertile couples is underexplored, particularly in northern Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study involving the use of a structured interview questionnaire was employed to collect information from clients attending the infertility clinic of Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano. The data were analyzed using MINITAB® 12.21 software. Percentages and means were used to describe categorical and quantitative variables, respectively. The chi-square test was used to assess the significance of associations using a confidence interval of 95%. Results: Majority of the respondents (69.7%) were between 25 and 34 years of age, and of Hausa/Fulani ethnic group (79.6%). Knowledge of child adoption was good in 59.2% of the respondents, while the willingness to adopt versus foster was 28.2% and 44.4%, respectively. Conclusion: There is a need to advocate for infertility counseling services, so as to support infertile clients in taking informed decisions regarding child adoption or fostering as viable options for having their own families.

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