SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPACT OF CHILDLESSNESS ON MARRIED COUPLES IN ORON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF AKWA IBOM STATE

Honesty Asukwo Afahakan, John Bosco Ekanem (PhD), Asukwo Edet Oko (PhD)

Abstract


Childlessness remains a major problem in the world today, which is caused by sickness, drug abuse, worldly lifestyle and biological factor of infertility. The effects of childlessness include suspicion in the marriage, stress, frustration, disappointment, divorce, emotional and psychological trauma. The study examines the reality, causes, effects, perception of childlessness and the way forward in Oron. The paper adopted descriptive and historical survey approaches. The finding reveals that childlessness can be curbed, only when the nature, causes, perceptions and effects are properly addressed. The researchers recommend among others that mass enlightenment of the public could help increase the knowledge of the causes of childlessness among couples and also reduce feeling of inferiority complex among childless couples.  Childless couples should seek for medical treatment jointly.


Keywords


Socio-Cultural Impact, Married Couples, Oron Society, Childlessness, Challenges, Solutions.

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