Ezebunwa Ethelbert Nwokocha

Ezebunwa Ethelbert Nwokocha
University of Ibadan · Department of Sociology

Ph.D

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Postnatal Depression (PND) is a major mood disorder associated with childbirth. In Nigeria, its prevalence ranges from 15% to 23%. Previous studies on PND in Nigeria have largely focused on its preponderance and the biomedical explanation regarding its occurrence. Little attention has been given to the socioeconomic and cultural factors linked to i...
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Key Indicators of the Labour Market, KILMs serve as the tool for monitoring and assessing current realities in the world of work by addressing the many pertinent Labour Market (LM) questions which is a requisite for the development of informed, effective labour-related strategies at all levels. The paper conducts a critical analysis of the Nigerian...
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Literature is replete with patterns of sexual behaviour among non-disabled adolescents, but few studies exist on the patterns of sexual behaviour among young persons with disabilities in Nigeria, despite their sexual vulnerabilities. It is based on this background that this study seeks to examine the patterns of sexual behaviour, sexual vulnerabili...
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Although a high premium is placed on children in Africa, child bearing is expected to occur within the context of a legitimate union. Yet, young people that become pregnant out of wedlock are assisted through the pregnancy-postnatal continuum to save their lives and their babies. This study examined the factors that influence delivery care practice...
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Malaria remains a major health challenge in Nigeria despite efforts at reducing its prevalence. Previous studies on malaria focused mainly on the biomedical aspects with little attention given to the social characteristics influencing malaria management among mothers as primary caregivers of under-five children. This study, therefore, investigated...
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This chapter explores the status and the scope for transition of risk- sensitive and transformative urban development in diverse cities of sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is important because of its large proportions of urban populations with high vulnerability and growing exposure to risks. High rates of urban growth pose increasing risks a...
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Child fosterage is one of the major manifestations of lack of capacity to cater for young family members in several societies of sub-Saharan Africa, which is reputed for prolific and sustained childbearing in the context of poverty. In Nigeria, the practice remains rife, with attendant negative consequences for foster children and communities in so...
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There is a prevalence of high fertility among the Mbaise of Imo State, Nigeria. This is linked to the perceptions, beliefs and practices of the people. The voluntaristic social action theory by Talcott Parsons and Proximate determinants of fertility framework by Bongaarts were utilized to highlight the links between Catholicism and fertility, as we...
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This paper examines the content of sexuality education curriculum in Nigeria and suggests ways of ensuring that a comprehensive curriculum is introduced to adequately support adolescents in the country.
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Uterine fibroid is a major health challenge especially among African women. Studies on fibroid had focused largely on the biomedical aspect of this health condition among non-celibate sexually active women, particularly with regard to its effects on the fecundity status of such women with future fertility intentions. However, little attention has b...
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There have been formal commitments by national governments to empower Local Governments (LGs) to undertake practical DRR actions as part of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk (SFDDR) (2015-2030) and UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Literature indicates a few attempts to assess the extent to which these commitments are followed up with...
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This paper examines the contexts of literature reviewing among scholars in Africa, particularly social scientists. It argues quite forcefully that reviews are becoming increasingly characterized by avoidable gaps and therefore represent some form of enigma, which remain largely unrecognized. The implications are not only debilitating but also alien...
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This paper focused on responses to everyday hazards and intensive disasters in Ibadan city characterized by a wide spectrum of risks. Qualitative data were elicited through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews. The results show a disconnect among neighborhoods, government institutions and humanitarian agencies with regard to disaster res...
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The title of this book is indicative of its moderate coverage of themes and perspectives in demography. It is therefore best conceived as interpretative, rather than encyclopaedic. Concise Demography of Nigeria is intended to aid demographers, sociologists, statisticians, economists, population geographers, public health personnel and policy makers...
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Understanding issues related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices has become more critical in Nigerian communities in view of the increasing prevalence of diseases due to lack of safe water and poor hygiene behavior in the country. This cross-sectional exploratory survey employed intra-method triangulation to collect data through In-de...
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The paper engages the contradiction wherein in the face of unemployment in its several strands young people in cocoa farming communities in Southwest Nigeria exhibit strong aversion for farming activities. Anchored on Rational Choice Theory and Ethno-methodology the study adopted the qualitative data collection techniques including In-depth Intervi...
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The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative was conceived to bolster appreciable reduction in the impact of malaria on pregnant women through Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) and the use of Insecticide-treated Net (ITN). This study examines the association between knowledge and acceptability of the RBM programme on maternal health in Ibadan class...
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Reports have shown that child mortality is still pervasive in Nigeria despite several intervention programmes. While most scholars have been preoccupied with searching for long-lasting solutions to the syndrome, this article argues that the relationship that subsists between maternal education and child mortality cannot be fully understood without...
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Risk-sensitive urban development is required to reduce accumulated risk and to better consider risk when planning new developments. To deliver a sustainable city for all requires a more frank and comprehensive focus on procedure: On who makes decisions, under which frameworks, based upon what kind of data or knowledge, and with what degree and dire...
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Background: Over a million people globally acquire sexually transmitted infections (STI) every day mainly through unprotected sexual contact. While the consequences of risky sexual behaviour are well documented, the literature on young educated women's perceptions of, and narratives about risky sexual behaviour is limited, and thus, it is difficult...
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Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems globally. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the most affected (WHO, 2011). To examine the influence of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) on malaria-knowledge among pregnant women, a crosssectional survey design was u...
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Background The vulnerabilities of young women of low socio-economic status and those with little or no formal education tend to dominate the discourse on unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortion and emergency contraception (EC) in sub-Saharan Africa. This article draws on a survey conducted among female undergraduate students to shed light on sexual be...
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Background Emergency contraception (EC) can significantly reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the increasing awareness of EC among educated young women in Nigeria, the rate of utilisation remains low. This study therefore explores the main barriers to the use of EC among female un...
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p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 24pt 36pt;"> The role of adequate and timely immunization in the reduction of infant and childhood mortality cannot be overstated, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This study, anchored in the Health Belief Model and Rational Choice Theory, investigated the socio­cultural factors influencing childhood immunization in the ru...
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Abstract While studies on unsafe abortion practices and abortion-related deaths among young women with low socio-economic status are reported in Sub-Saharan Africa, scanty information exists on young educated women, especially university students. This study explores the perceptions of female undergraduate students concerning unplanned premarital a...
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Desperate emigration among all categories of Nigerians is an indicator of the challenging socioeconomic and development environment. As mass poverty, mediocrity and visionless leadership crept into the polity in the 1980s and became institutionalized over the years, it became apparent that striking a balance among the citizenry would translate to d...
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This study examined child fostering practices in Bayelsa State as a way of understanding the influence of socioeconomic and cultural factors on critical family decisions. Functionalism, Social Action and Rational Choice perspectives provided the theoretical anchor upon which the thematic phenomenon was discussed. Quantitative data were collected fr...
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Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE) programme was introduced nationwide in Nigeria in 2003. Since then little is known about the patterns of its implementation across the states in the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. This study represents an attempt to fill this lacuna in the FLHE literature in Nigeria. Quantitative data was collected from the...
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This study utilized data from Focus Group Discussions and In-depth Interviews among secondary school students and teachers to examine the scope, delivery and challenges of FLHE implementation within states and across geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Structural Functionalism, Rational Choice and Differential Association theories were adopted as theore...
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The introduction of school-based adolescent sexuality and life skills education in Nigeria's formal education sector raises the misgiving that out-of-school youths who constitute more than half of the youth population might be neglected. This study investigated the extent to which out-of-school adolescents have been reached with sexuality education...
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This study examined healthcare utilization among people with mental illness in Abeokuta and Ibadan, Southwest Nigeria as a way of understanding the context in which health seeking and treatment take place. The Health Belief Model and Rational Choice Theory were employed as theoretical framework. Data were collected using three qualitative methods....
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Despite the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) in Nigeria, access to and use of LLINs continues to be minimal. Little is also known about the perceived fair price people are willing to pay for LLINs in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria. Data were collected using semi-structured questionnaire among pregnant women attending an...
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With limited data on the awareness of changes in the use of antimalaria drugs and availability and use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in the context of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) program, we conducted this descriptive cross-sectional study of 262 registered women attending antenatal clinics and 233 mothers of under-five children. W...
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As the year of reckoning beckons, many countries are beginning to undertake a critical assessment of activities related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the feasibility of attainment. For a country like Nigeria, it is now certain that these goals cannot be achieved in the next two years, due mainly to issues related to gender inequity...
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The prevalence of high maternal and infant morbidity/mortality among the Ibani of Rivers State, Nigeria, is linked to socio-cultural factors that influence perceptions, attitudes and practices of the people with regard to pregnancy. This study investigates the factors affecting pregnancy outcomes among the Ibani by examining 19 cases identified thr...
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Home Management of Malaria (HMM) is a component of the roll back malaria (RBM) programme being implemented for over a decade to reduce the malaria burden. This study examined the extent to which HMM has raised the ability in promptly recognising and treating malaria at home. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study of 262 pregnant women attendi...
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Until recently, the Niger Delta was distinctive for empowering and transforming lives. The relative advantage of its cities blurred the inherent multidimensional consequences of oil exploration on the environment. Over time, the effects of oil spills on the inhabitants were massive. The people’s agony was exacerbated by perceived governmental negle...
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The research is based on information collected on 50 deceased Nigerian women of low socioeconomic status in different locations of the country including Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Zaria, Minna, Enugu, and Port-Harcourt among others. They had some common characteristics such as low levels of education, involvement in petty trading and were clients of a...
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Convulsion among children between six months and five years is a major contributor to childhood mortality in less-developed societies, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Most studies on under-five deaths have ignored the influence of socio-demographic and environmental factors as they relate to causes of the thematic health condition and available t...
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Despite increased campaign for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria only a negligible number of young people participates in this activity. This study investigates the factors affecting the attitudes and behaviour of students at the University of Ibadan, which is a microcosm of other universities in the country, as a way...
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Studies have consistently shown that fertility among the Igbo of Southeast Nigeria is high, and particularly higher among the Mbaise people. Multiple socio-economic and cultural factors such as son preference, stigma and discrimination ascribed to childlessness and other relevant practices in different communities bolster frequent child-bearing amo...
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One of the most notable features of medicine in the later part of the preceding century were vigorous criticisms against traditional systems of healthcare delivery, almost to a point of suffocation. Although most of the issues raised to affirm the seemingly inadequate status of this system are compelling, its absolute undesirability has been diffic...
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With limited evidence of decreases in malaria-related mortality and morbidity, and nearly half the time to the 2010 deadline of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets now past, we conducted this study to assess the awareness, accessibility and use of malaria control strategies among at-risk groups within the context of RBM in Nigeria. It was a descriptive...
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The persistence of high fertility among the Igbo of Nigeria is linked to the relative strength of the pronatalist tradition among them. Perceived relative benefits of male children as potential custodians of both identity and lineage have sustained this value over generations. A woman, who achieves recognition and status by the birth of at least on...
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Studies have consistently shown that maternal processes in Africa are prone to crises as a result of multiple socio-economic and religious factors. A combination of male-domination, low status of women, poverty, cultural beliefs and practices and high fertility affects pregnancy outcomes in most societies in the continent and especially in sub-Saha...

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To redesign the existing Family Life HIV Education (FLHE) curriculum for in-school adolescents in Nigeria for comprehensiveness, to reflect global best practice.