Exploring psychosocial challenges and associated factors among youth in Banda slum, Nakawa Division Kampala, Uganda
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This qualitative study explored the psychosocial challenges and associated factors among youth in Banda slum, benefiting from 15 participants (youth and key informants) who were purposively selected to provide information in line with the study objectives through interviews. The study found out that youth in Banda slum, on a daily basis experience different psychosocial challenges (including depression, anxiety, family violence, drug abuse, prostitution and mental disorders) and associated factors (poor parenting, peer pressure, unemployment, illiteracy, witchcraft and poor governance of Banda slum). However, it was noted that mostly churches and NGOs provide support services to the youth in the area inform of cash transfer and grants, counselling and spiritual services, police intervention, and youth skilling programs to enable them cope with live. The study concludes that, several youths are affected by different psychological challenges caused by various factors and that each individual’s experience is unique. However, seeking professional support is critical in addressing and managing these challenges effectively.