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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 177-181

Maternal attitudes and values to youth sexuality-related activities in Delta State, Nigeria.


Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

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I P Okonkwo
Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi
Nigeria
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This descriptive study assessed maternal attitudes to youth-related activities in Delta State. Using an adapted questionnaire, 300 women with adolescent children were chosen through a multistage sampling technique and relevant data obtained regarding their socio-economic status, perceptions and values as well as their knowledge of basic reproductive health concerns. Most of the women interviewed (95%), believed it was very important that young people completed secondary education and another 72% said they would normally set rules in their homes regarding what young people should read or watch. Sixty-seven percent of those studied, discussed sexuality issues regularly with their adolescent children, though only 46.4% of them were comfortable discussing these issue and about 50% admitted having enough information in such discussions. Another 76% of the women would approve of their children receiving reproductive health information and service including contraceptive condoms. The mothers studied believed that guided reproductive health information and services should be routinely provided for young people. The findings strongly suggest that the mothers who are important stakeholders in Adolescent Health would most likely be supportive of youth programmes. Most of the findings differ from those of other studies, and a qualitative study would be carried out to identify the reasons for these interesting findings.


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