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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 3)
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Ideal Child Gender Preference in Menís Worldview and Their Knowledge of Related Maternal Mortality Indices in Ekiadolor, Southern Nigeria

Omokhoa A. Adeleye and Chukwunwendu A. Okonkwo
Corresponding Author:  Omokhoa Adeleye 

Key words:  Gender preference, grandmultiparity, male involvement, maternal mortality, Nigeria, son preference,
Vol. 2 , (3): Page No: 146-151
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2010 April, 27 2010 May, 19 2010 June, 25

The objective was to investigate menís gender preferences and the possible association with their knowledge of related maternal mortality indices. Using a cross-sectional design, a structured questionnaire was administered to 369 randomly selected males aged 18-75 years in Ekiadolor, Nigeria. A total of 176(47.7%) respondents had gender preference, 135(36.6%) preferring sons. Respondents who stated values >4 as the maximum safe parity per woman were 175(47.4%). O f these, 67.4% (118/175) had gender preference compared to 29.9% (58/194) who stated values ≤4 (logistic regression: p = 0.000; OR = 4.6, 95% CI = 2.97 - 7.25). Respondents who were aware that pregnancy and delivery could put a womanís health at risk were 263 (71.3%). Of these, 58.6% (154/263) had no gender preference compared to 36.8% (39/106) of those who lacked this awareness. The association in this distribution was initially masked in a χ2-test but demonstrated in the binomial logistic regression analysis (p = 0.002; OR = 0.46, 95% CI = 0.28 Ė 0.75). The variabilities in gender preference with respect to age, marital status and educational level were not statistically significant. This study is of priority public health importance because it broadens the opportunity to reduce maternal death by educating males on the dangers of grandmultiparity, which may be influenced while seeking to satisfy their gender preference. The traditional hierarchy should be engaged as cultural gatekeepers and potential change agents.
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Omokhoa A. Adeleye and Chukwunwendu A. Okonkwo, 2010. Ideal Child Gender Preference in Menís Worldview and Their Knowledge of Related Maternal Mortality Indices in Ekiadolor, Southern Nigeria.  Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 2(3): Page No: 146-151.
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