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The link between poor parenting and prevalence of drug abuse among children at Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya
Isaac Okoth1, Simon Wainaina Mburu2
1Student, Environmental Studies & Community Development, Nairobi, Kenya.
2Kenyatta University, Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Community Development, School of Environmental Studies, Nairobi, Kenya.

Article ID: 100007P16IO2016
doi:10.5348/P16-2016-7-OA-2

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Lecturer, Department of Environmental Studies and Community Development
School of Environmental Studies
Nairobi
Kenya

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Okoth I, Mburu SW. The link between poor parenting and prevalence of drug abuse among children at Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Edorium J Public Health 2016;3:7–12.


Abstract
Aims: The aim of the research was to determine if there is a link between poor parenting and prevalence of drug abuse among children in Kibera informal settlements. Its specific goals are: identifying the prevalence of poor parenting in the slum, extent of drug abuse among the children in the area, and the link between the two.
Methods: The study was conducted in all nine major villages that make up Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The study was conducted through a qualitative method that entailed the use of in depth interviews and focus group discussions. The collected data was analyzed through transcription and coded.
Results: The study found that there is high prevalence rate of drug abuse among the children in Kibera slum. Furthermore, it found that poor parenting is at an alarming rate in the slum. The study also found that there is a link between poor parenting and drug abuse among children in Kibera slum.
Conclusion: Poor parenting in Kibera slum has caused the prevalence of the drug abuse among children in Kibera slum. One of the solutions to drug abuse among children in Kibera slum is, therefore, an improvement on parenting.

Keywords: Community parenting, Drug abuse and youth, Kibera slum, Poor parenting


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Author Contributions:
Isaac Okoth – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Simon Wainaina Mburu – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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