Family-related factors correlating with quality of life in Kenya
Maina, Lucy W.
Mugenda, Olive M.
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Family life and quality of life are closely intertwined. Yet the family and its structure differ significantly across the globe. Quality of life studies have mainly focused on developed countries with few scholars attempting to understand the key role of the African family in achieving life satisfaction for its members. Kenya like other African countries is consistently missing from most global quality of life ranking. Hence the current paper attempts at elucidating the multi-dimensional contribution of the family to the realization of quality of life among Kenyans. The paper draws from empirical data gathered in year 2011 from a nationally representative sample of 5,179 adults in Kenya using the explorative survey and quasi-experimental methods. The subjects were interviewed on a wide variety of factors that relate to quality of life. The findings show the pre-eminence of the family in achieving QoL among Kenyan adults as well as its intricate relationship with other factors deemed as key indicators of quality of life. Policy recommendations include the need to improve the health of the family through focused programming