SOURCES OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PRACTICES AMONG FEMALE ADOLESCENTS WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN LAGOS AND OYO STATES, NIGERIA

OYEWUNMI Adebomi, ADIGUN Olufemi

Abstract


 

 

 

Adequate information about sexuality is an important factor that affect attitude towards reproductive health practices. However, female adolescents with hearing impairment have problems of normal adolescents to contend with in addition to the problems occasioned by their hearing disability and unlike their normal counterparts, they acquire less information from various sources such as personal conversation, and through audio materials. It is against this backdrop that this study investigated the sources of and the attitude of female adolescents with hearing impairment towards reproductive health practices. A survey research design and multistage sampling procedure was employed to select 155 female adolescents with hearing impaired in Oyo and Lagos state respectively. Three research questions and one hypothesis were generated for the study. Data were collected through a structured questionnaire with a reliability coefficient of 0.71. Data generated was analysed through descriptive statistics of frequency count and simple percentage and inferential statistics involving pearson moment correlation analysis. The study revealed that female students with hearing impairment obtain reproductive health information from School and family members while the most preferred sources of reproductive health information available to female students with hearing impairment is the school, followed by health workers/ health institutions and their fathers. The finding also revealed that the attitude of female adolescents with hearing impairment towards reproductive health practices is negative. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made.

 

Keywords:


Keywords


Hearing impairment, attitude, reproductive health, information

Full Text:

PDF

References


Abioye, A. (2004). Perception and use of internet by adolescents in Ibadan. Nigeria. In Nwazuoke, I.A. Yemisi, B and Moronkola, O.A. (Ed.): Contemporary Issues and Researchers on Adolescents. Network for Health, Education and Welfare of Special People. Pp 357- 379.

Adeniyi, S.O. (2000). Survey of employer’s assessment of human relation and productivity of hearing and hearing impaired workers in Oyo state: An unpublished masters projects. Department of Special Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Aisha, K.Y, Phindile, J.D. Nora, E. G. and Sheila, W. (2004). Knowledge, personal risk and experiences of HIV/AIDS among people with disabilities in Swaziland International. Journal of Rehabilitation Research (3): 247-51.

Alter, J.S. (1984). Teaching parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children. Bethseda, MD: Mathtech INC.

Anikweze, C.M. (1998). Sexuality in adolescence. In Orji, A.S. and Arukweze, C.M. (eds). Adolescent Psychology, Ibadan. DE-Ayo Publishers.

Barnett, B. (1997). Gender norms affect adolescents. Network 17:3.

Blum, R. and Rinehart, P. (1998). Reducing the risk: Connections that make a difference in the lives of Youth. Minneapolis, MN: Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota.

Centre for Research on Women with Disabilities (2013). Reproductive health information. Baylor College of Medicine, Houton, Texas.

Chiku, M., Janneke, M. and Dennis, O. (2009). Information needs and information–seeking behaviour of orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers in Okahandga, Namibia. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information science, 19(1), 39 – 52.

Dina, B.L.G. Julius, F.N. and Kofi, A.O. 2006. Online Access by Adolescents in Accra: Ghanaian Teens’ use of the Internet for Health Information. Developmental Psychology. 42.

Falase, A. and Oyewumi, A. (2008). Incidence of substance abuse among the hearing impaired Adolescents. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (1). 63-69.

Kofi, A., Albert, M.A. and Akwasi, K. (2004). Adolescents sexual and reproductive health in Ghana: A synthesis of Research Evidence, Occasional Report, New York: The Alan Guttmacher Institute. No 13.

Kost, I., Formost, J.D. and Harlap, S. (2001). Comparing the health risks and benefits of contraceptive choices. Family Planning Perspective, 18 (2): 66-76.

Mba, P.O. (1995). Fundamentals of special education and vocation rehabilitation, Ibadan: Codat Publications.

Michele, L.Y., Nneka, E., Denis, N., Julius, K. and David, R.B. (2008). Health information seeking among Mbararan adolescents: results from the Uganda media and You survey. Health Education Research. Vol. 23(2). 249-208.

Mohammed, A. (1997). Adolescents girls and their rights: health of adolescents girls, with special emphasis on reproductive and sexual health and nutrition. A paper prepared for the United Nations Experts Group Meeting on Adolescents Girls and their rights. Addis Ababa 13-17 October.

Moronkola, O.A and Aremu, A.O. (2004). The challenges of adolescent in Nigeria: Health education, promotion and counseling implications. In Nwazuoke I.A; Yemisi, B and Moronkola, O.A. (Ed.): Contemporary Issues and Researchers on Adolescents. Network for Health, Education and Welfare of Special People. Pp 35-42.

Nwagu, W.E. (2008). Effectiveness of sources of HIV/AIDS awareness in rural community in Imo state, Nigeria. Health Info Libr. Journal. March; 25(1): 38-45.

Okwilagwe, O. A. (1993). Bibliotherapeutic influence on Nigerian female university student: self report on sexual attitudes and behaviours. Nigerian Journal of Clinical and Counselling Psychology, 1:2, 173-186.

Okanlawon, F.A. (2004). Peer Education: An Effective tool for promoting positive change in Adolescents’ Risky sexual behaviour. In Nwazuoke, I.A. Yemisi, B and Moronkola, O.A. (Ed.): Contemporary Issues and Researchers on Adolescents. Network for Health, Education and Welfare of Special People. Pp 153-161.

Olaniyi, F. O. (2004). Towards improving adolescents sexual behaviour and reproductive health. In Nwazuoke, I.A, Yemisi, B and Moronkola, O.A. (Ed.): Contemporary issues and researchers on adolescents. Network for Health, Education and Welfare of Special People, 8(1). 215-221.

Oyewumi, A. and Olajide, O. (2010). Sexual health of adolescents with special needs. The Journal of Advocacy and Rehabilitation in Special Education, 8(1), 102 -106.

Smith, D.D. (2007). Introduction to special education: Making a difference (sixth edition). Boston. Pearson.

Rwakagiri, F. and Okware, I. (1990). AIDS: Education and prevention in the work place in Uganda. A paper presented at the 6th International Conference on AIDS held between June 20th-24th in San Francisco.

Upadhyay, U.D. (2001). Informed choice in family planning, Helping people decide. John Hopkins School of Population Reports, Series J, No. 50.

Unigbe, I.E. and Ogbeide, O. (1999). Sexual behaviour and perception of AIDS among adolescents’ girls in Benin City, Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 3(1): 37-44.

UNFPA (1993). Attitudes and Practices Regarding. Pre-Marital sex among Adolescents in Ghana. Accra, Ghana: UNFPA.

Word Youth Report. (2003). The special concerns for Adolescents and Youth.Geneva: Youth and Health Issues.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.