Factors Associated With Teenage Pregnancies in Soroti Municipality
Adolescence is a physical and psychological transitional stage from childhood into adulthood. This research report addresses the factors that are associated with teenage pregnancies in Soroti municipality and it was based on the following objectives; to investigate the socio-economic factors associated with teenage pregnancies, to examine the individual factors associated with teenage pregnancies and to assess the relationship between teenage pregnancy and knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. This research study is a descriptive cross-sectional study and quantitative research method was used. Primary data was obtained for this research study and it was collected by use of self-administered questionnaires. The data was entered into MS excel and later exported to SPSS statistical software package for analysis. The limitations of the study were sensitivity of the questions asked and recall bias. At bivariate level, factors that were significantly associated with teenage pregnancies were education level, place of residence, age at marriage, alcohol usage and sex education. Results showed that teenage pregnancies were high among those with low levels of education attained (no education and primary education), those who resided in rural areas and those who married early. Teenage pregnancies were relatively low among respondents who had ever had sex education and those who did drink alcohol. Teenage pregnancies were relatively high in Soroti municipality and researcher concluded that factors associated with teenage pregnancies were education level, age at marriage, place of residence, alcohol usage and sex education. The researcher recommended that education of the girl be encouraged and strict policies against early marriage should be enacted.