Factors influencing adolescent precocity to sexual practice: a case study of secondary school students in Nairobi province, Kenya
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The purpose of this study was to examine factors that were responsible for adolescent precocity in sexual matters. The study was also carried out to explore the consequences of adolescent sexual practices and to establish how parents, churches, policy makers were dealing with this trend. The overall objective was to come up with viable ways adolescents could be assisted for coping with their sexual drives. The sample for the study consisted of a total of 229 Form Three students from five selected schools in Nairobi. Data was collected through a Self-Report questionnaire. Descriptive statistics in form of percentages, means and frequencies were utilized to describe the trend of the results. To the null hypothesis investigated, the chi square (XZ) and the t -test statistics were used. The results show that factors responsible for adolescent precocity in sexual matters were: mass media, peer influence, access to drugs and alcohol, and extreme sex drive. The implications of the results were discussed and recommendations preferred. It is expected that the findings of the study will be of immense relevance to Kenyan educational administrators, school authorities, teachers, counselors and parents in their work with these adolescents.