International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Determinants and Health Consequences of Female Genital Mutilation among Women of Child Bearing Age in Ife East Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria

This study investigated the determinants of wellness and health consequences of female genital mutilation among women of child bearing (WCB) age in Ife east Local Government Area, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study; the population consists of women of child bearing age in Ife East LGA. The purposive sampling techniques were adopted in selecting a total sample size of 400 WCB from the population. A self structured questionnaire which was duly validated and found reliable with its reliability ascertained through test re-test method with a reliability coefficient of 0.86 was used to elicit information from the respondents. Four questions were raised to guide the study. The data collected were subjected to appropriate descriptive statistics of frequency counts and simple percentage. The result revealed that the research questions on educational factor and socio-cultural factors with 54.5% and 59.5% respectively were strong determinants of FGM while religious factors with 41% was less recognized as a determinant. The WCB with (55.5%) agree that the health consequences of FGM are numerous and of serious consequences to wellness of women. The findings were discussed and were recommended that the reproductive health workers and other health experts should emphasize the ills of FGM. It was also recommended that policy makers should organize seminars, workshops and health talks with community leaders and all health advocates bringing to their awareness the ills of FGM and other harmful health practices to enhance wellbeing of WCB and women generally.

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