ERIC Number: ED465935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-14
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Knowledge and Attitude of Nigerian Adolescents to Premarital Genotying.
Egbochuku, E. O.; Imogie, A. O.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) refers to a group of hereditary disorders of the structure of hemoglobin of red blood cells. This disorder involves the inheritance of two abnormal genes, which are related to the hemoglobin promotion, at least, one of which is the sickle cell gene. Nigeria, by virtue of her large population, has the greatest number of sufferers of SCD in the world. The prevalence has been found to be 10 persons with SCD per 1,000 population or 2%. This study assessed the knowledge and attitude of Nigerian adolescents to premarital genotyping and its counseling implications. Questionnaires sought to assess the knowledge of students about the presentation, acquisition, and method of diagnosis of sickle cell disease; determine the proportion of students who know their genotype; determine the acceptability of genetic counseling among students; and determine the effect of the knowledge and mode of acquisition would have on marital choice and childbearing intentions. (Contains 25 references and 15 tables.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria