LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) AMONG LITERATE WOMEN THAT ATTENDED HEALTH CENTRES IN EZEAGU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA IN ENUGU STATE

  • F C EJIKE, Ph.D ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU
Keywords: Female Genital Mutilation, Health Centres in Ezeagu Local Government Area, educational efforts, female circumcision

Abstract

This study investigated the level of knowledge and practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among literate women that attended Health Centres in Ezeagu Local Government
Area in Enugu State. A cross-sectional survey research design was usedfor the study. Four research questions guided the study. The population consisted of 255 literate women that
attended the six health centres at the time of the study. A sample of 255 literate women that attended the Health Centres at the period of study (April to June 2012) responded to the questionnaire. They formed the sample size because the population was manageable. A 25-item questionnaire was constructed by the researcher. Face validation of the instrument was
obtained through the judgement of three experts in Health and Physical Education. A reliability index of .86 was obtained through the outcome of a pre-test using Kuder-Richardson formular (K-R 2020). Out of the 255 copies of the questionnaire administered,
250 usable ones were used for the study. Frequency table and simple percentage were used to answer the research questions. The study revealed that the respondents possessed average level of knowledge on the Types of FGM, high level of knowledge on the Reasons for practicing and Health consequences of FGM, and very high knowledge on the measures for eradication of FGM. The study recommended among others that educational efforts geared towards the girl-child, women and men should be directed at eliminating the practice of
FGM.

Author Biography

F C EJIKE, Ph.D, ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENUGU

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Published
2018-08-15
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