KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH AND SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS OF BODY PIERCING AND TATOOING AMONG WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE IN ILISHAN-REMO, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH AND SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS OF BODY PIERCING AND TATOOING AMONG WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE IN ILISHAN-REMO, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA

Author by Mrs. Esther Esobuneta Nwaomah

Journal/Publisher: Contemporary Humanities Journal,

Volume/Edition: 13

Language: English

Pages: 71 - 91

Abstract

Body piercing and tattooing have had long history of practice but controversial for their health and spiritual implications among different people worldwide.  The health risks associated with body piercing and tattooing are not commonly acknowledged by those who practice them. Although there have been studies of body piercing and tattooing in developed and developing countries of the world, there appear to be no study investigating the implications of body piercing and tattooing among women of child bearing age in Ilishan-Remo of Ogun State, Nigeria. The study engaged a correlational design involving 150 participants randomly selected from the population of women of child bearing age. A structured questionnaire was used to obtain data from the participants to answer the research questions. Data analysis was performed with Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 and involved descriptive statistics including mean, frequency tables and simple percentages. Inferential statistics measured the relationship between body piercing and tattooing and health risks at a 0.05 level of significance. The findings suggest that women of child bearing age are not well-informed of the health risks associated with body piercing and tattooing. We recommend intensified awareness campaign on the health risks of body piercing and tattooing.


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