ASSESSING FACTORS PREDISPOSING TO TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND PREVENTIVE STRATEGIES AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS IN LAGOS STATE

Chinazaekpere Catherine Nzeocha, Joy Adeyanju, Mercy Omosefe Omozusi (PhD), Mary Mojisola Obadimeji

Abstract


Teenage pregnancy has been regarded as a negative occurrence in recent times due to its various negative consequences on the overall wellbeing of the teenage mother and her child, the whole family system and the entire community at large. There are several factors that contribute to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies in teenagers. This study used a cross sectional descriptive survey. A sample size of 344 was used for the study. Data were manually collected and analyzed electronically with the use of SPSS computer software version 25. The results showed that the respondents agree that: they learned about sexual intercourse from their friends (Mean = 3.16, Std. Dev = .654). 66.8% of the respondents think upbringing has an impact on teenage pregnancy while about 50% of the respondents said sexual intercourse is not necessary for marriage in their culture. The study also showed that abstinence from sex can prevent unwanted pregnancy, teenage parents and unwanted future (Mean = 2.97, Std. Dev = .710). The result on the level of knowledge on the use of contraceptives as a preventive measure for teenage pregnancy showed that about 51.2% of the respondents knew about contraceptives while 48.8% do not. It was recommended that the teaching of sex and sexuality education should be made compulsory in all schools to help adolescents understand their physiological makeup.


Keywords


Teenager, Pregnancy, Preventive, Students, Abstinence

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