Knowledge, Perception and Determinants of Female Genital Mutilation Among Women In Benin City, Nigeria

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2022 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 8 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2022
Authors : Osunde, Rosemary Ngozi, Atsikidi, Gloria Airemiogho, Oderinde, Mary Osalumese
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Osunde, Rosemary Ngozi, Atsikidi, Gloria Airemiogho, Oderinde, Mary Osalumese, "Knowledge, Perception and Determinants of Female Genital Mutilation Among Women In Benin City, Nigeria," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 8,  no. 3, pp. 25-31, 2022. Crossref,


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM, remains not only a harmful cultural practice but a major contributing factor to violence against the female gender, and the practice is increasing despite the numerous advocacies on the phenomenon. The age at which this practice is carried out differs, from a few days after birth to early teens, to adulthood just before marriage, and in some communities, at first pregnancy. The study's objectives are to assess the knowledge, perception and determinants of female genital mutilation among women in Benin City, Nigeria. This is a descriptive cross-sectional study with a structured questionnaire as the instrument for data collection with a reliability of 0.796 involving 220 respondents. IBM SPSS version 22 package was used for data analysis. The findings revealed that the mean age of the participants was 42.48 ± 12.928years. 88(40.0%) of the respondents demonstrated high knowledge of FGM. The mean age of FGM practice was 18.09 ± 2.091years. FGM practice among the women includes a condition for marriage 51(92.7%), rite into womanhood 44(80.0), cultural norms 40(72.7%), and having mothers that had also undergone FGM 46(83.6%). 176(80.0%) demonstrated a negative perception towards FGM. There is a low level of knowledge, and a high negative perception of FGM Stakeholders should be involved to eradicate the practice.


Knowledge, Perception, Determinants, Female genital mutilation.


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