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Factors associated with teenage pregnancy among female students in Ogbe Ukwu community secondary school, Ndoni, Rivers State

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Robinson-Bassey, G. C., Frank, Maureen, D. and Enuma, Nwachukwu, E.
Subject Area: 
Health Sciences
Abstract: 

This is a descriptive study to determine the factors associated with teenage pregnancy in Ogbeukwu Community in Ndoni Town of Rivers State. A sample of 300 students drawn from the target population of over 1197 female students attending the community secondary school, using sampling technique. Data was collected with a self structured questionnaire. Validity and reliability of the instrument were ensured. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings revealed that peer pressure, early marriage, low economic status, poor sex education among others were all factors influencing the incidence of teenage pregnancy; the respondents have a good knowledge of the consequences but poor knowledge of preventive measures against teenage pregnancy. Chi-square test of hypothesis revealed a significant relationship between the age of the respondents and their knowledge of preventive measures against teenage pregnancy with a calculated chi square value (X2cal) of 22.098 at a degree of freedom of 2, therefore the null hypothesis was accepted. It has been recommended that more enlightenment campaigns be carried out via the mass media, youth groups and counseling sessions should be created in order to create more awareness, thus reducing teenage pregnancy.

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