Journal of
Neuroscience and Behavioral Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Neurosci. Behav. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2286
  • DOI: 10.5897/JNBH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 66

Full Length Research Paper

Attitudes of university students towards abortion in Nigeria

Olukunmi Lanre OLAITAN
Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 May 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011


The study examined the attitude of university students towards abortion in Nigeria. A total of nine hundred (900) respondents gave their opinions on a self structured questionnaire. The frequency counts and percentages were used to analyse the personal data of the respondents and means, standard deviation, t-test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) for analyzing the hypotheses at α = 0.05 level of significance. Some students support abortion when it is on health condition of either the mother or the baby. Based on the findings, some of the recommendations made include proper reproductive health education and counseling should be given to young ladies and boys about unsafe abortion preventive method; Federal government as a matter of urgency should consider legalization of induced abortion to prevent the practice of clandestine abortion in the back street.   


Key words: Attitude, university students, abortion, reproductive health, infertility, premarital sex, promiscuity.