International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology

International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology


International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology
International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology
Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)

Strategies of integrating teenage mothers in the society: Case study of kasarani sub-county, Nairobi County, Kenya


Edith G Kariuki, Dr. P Otuya, Dr. Vundi Nason

This paper investigated the relevant strategies of integrating teenage mothers in the society. It was a case study done at Kasarani Sub-County, Nairobi County, Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives: To establish the strategies the society is using to integrate the teenage mothers back to the society, determine the perceptions of the teenage mothers towards integration back to the society, the role of the agencies in integrating the teenage mothers and finally the factors leading to teenage pregnancies. Pregnant and parenting teenagers are faced with several difficulties, for example: social stigmatization, lack of emotional support, lack of access to quality healthcare; lack of experience in nursing their young or even dealing with their pregnancies. Thus, there is urgency in integrating them back to the society smoothly in order to adjust back to the normal life. Primarily the teenage mothers get little social support from most of the relatives; however, most of the support comes from the adolescent’s mother, but where such mothers are busy, the support is compromised due to lack of adequate time or other resources such as money. The external family and male partners provide negligible support in the rearing of the child. With efforts to integrate the teenage mothers back to the society, it is possible for some of them together with their children to lead happy and fulfilled lives. However, the teenage mothers cannot go far without social support and integration. For example, they are less likely to finish their education and secure good jobs. They are therefore more likely to end up both as single parents and faced with all the social challenges of bringing up their children. Social integration is good for assisting the teenage mothers to parent their children properly, otherwise their children may end up running into much greater risks such as poor health, poverty or becoming teenage mothers themselves. The society must wake up to the fact that failure to tackle the social problem of teenage mothers may cost the teenagers, their children and the society huge problems.
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Edith G Kariuki, Dr. P Otuya, Dr. Vundi Nason. Strategies of integrating teenage mothers in the society: Case study of kasarani sub-county, Nairobi County, Kenya. International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2019, Pages 117-121
International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology