African Population Studies
Union for African Population Studies
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2006, pp. 55-70
Bioline Code: ep06004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Population Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2006, pp. 55-70
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Changing Perceptions of the Value of Daughters and Girls' Education Among the Isoko of Nigeria|
Edewor, Patrick A.
This paper examines the changes in parents' perception on the value of daughters and their education. It utilizes information generated from Focus Group Discussions in two urban and four rural Isoko communities in DeltaState, southern Nigeria. Eight Focus Groups were constituted in each of the towns and villages (four for men and four for women). The groups were homogeneous in terms of sex, age and educational level. It is observed that parents' perception on the value of daughters is changing because adult daughters have been found to be more caring and more supportive of aged parents than adult sons. Consequently, parents now consider the education of daughters as very rewarding since educated daughters become better equipped to provide support to their parents. The changing attitudinal disposition towards girls' education has implication for the enhancement of women’s status and fertility decline.
Changing perceptions, value of daughters, girls' education, women's status, fertility, Isoko, Nigeria
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