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Community Perception of Single Parenting in Zaria, Northern Nigeria

Anyebe EE*, Lawal H, Dodo R and Adeniyi BR

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Anyebe EE
Research and Training Unit, School of Nursing
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital
Zaria, Nigeria
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Received date: June 20, 2017; Accepted date: July 03, 2017; Published date: July 11, 2017

Citation: Anyebe EE, Lawal H, Dodo R, Adeniyi BR (2017) Community Perception of Single Parenting in Zaria, Northern Nigeria. J Nurs Care 6:411. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000411

Copyright: © 2017 Anyebe EE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



Child nurturing is usually a shared responsibility between both parents, until in recent times that lone parenting is becoming more widespread. Viewed in diverse ways by many authors, it is simply raising a child by one parent alone, whether the other parent is alive or not. This is seen as normal by some, and thus offer social support; or as absurd, unacceptable, shameful and thus stigmatized both the lone parents and their children. How does the Zaria community perceive single parenthood? A descriptive cross-sectional survey in two urban Local Government Areas in Zaria metropolis was conducted, using a researcher-constructed questionnaire. Data obtained from 270 respondents were analysed descriptively using SPSS 21.0. Results indicated that single parenting is a common reality in the study setting: the main causes of which include divorce, children born out of wedlock and some parents choosing to have children as single parents. It is believed that factors such as the quest for economic independence by some women as well as social approval/choices are contributory to its increasing prevalence. There are perceived positive and negative effects associated with single parenting. Many respondents advocated for some assistance such as provision of basic needs and free education for single-parent families and children, depending on the cause/route to single parenting. It is concluded that single parenting is an increasing social issue, with limited acceptance in the study area. Strengthening the family institution to reduce contention factors that break intact families should form part of social engineering to forestall negative effects of single parenting.


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