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Type Journal Article - African journal of reproductive health
Title Acceptability of child adoption as management option for infertility in Nigeria: Evidence from focus group discussions
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Volume 13
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 79-92
URL http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajrh/article/viewFile/55661/44134
Abstract
Infertility remains a global health challenge with devastating psycho-social consequences in many African
communities. Adoption that may serve as an alternative strategy for the affected couples is not widely
practiced. This study was conceptualized to assess the acceptability of child adoption as a management option
by Nigerians. Twelve focus group discussions were held involving three communities stratified into inner
core, transitory and peripheral, within Ibadan metropolis, South-Western Nigeria from May to July 2008. The
participants were purposively selected based on gender and age group. The barriers mentioned were cultural
practices, stigmatization, financial implications, and procedural bottle-necks. Measures suggested to curb
these negative attitudes were advocacy, community mobilization and enactment of supportive law that will
protect all parties involved (Afr J Reprod Health 2009; 13[1]:79-91).

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