An exploratory study of the views about adolescent pregnancy by secondary school students. A case study of St. Mary’s High School Mukoko Kalungu District.
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This study aims at exploring the views of secondary school students about adolescent pregnancy at St. Mary’s High school Mukoko Kalungu including the causes, consequences and interventions. This qualitative cross-sectional study focused on the views of secondary school students about adolescent pregnancy using a purposive sampling technique for the respondents. One on one in depth interview guides were used for individual respondents with a free will from the respondents. In addition, focus group discussion interview guides were administered to various groups among the respondents until no more new data was obtained. Data collected was presented and analyzed using a thematic method of developing various themes following the data collection tools. Data was classified using themes in accordance to the objectives; the causes in the study included the economic status of the family, the belief in tradition, and the use of substances, owning a cell phone, insufficient sexuality information and influence from friends. Consequences included dropping out of school, being chased away from home, judgment from community, mistreatment from partners, complications during birth and other health problems, female poverty and stigma. In conclusion, the findings suggested that adolescents should be educated about the causes and consequences surrounding early pregnancy. This will help them in decision making during the trial moments since they are well informed about the issues surrounding the vice. However, the government and other duty bearers should clearly engage the adolescents in order to get their views that can be used to design effective policies to reduce early pregnancy.