SINGLE PARENTING IN KENYA: ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Joshua N. Mbithi

Abstract


Family pattern and structure has in recent times changed in Kenya and other countries across the world as well. The issue of single parent has gathered momentum where children are raised by a single parent and not with both parents as expected in African traditional set up. In terms of comparisons, single parenting is higher in females compared to males. Parenting is more than giving but involves numerous activities performed by parent(s) or guardian to influence child outcomes in growth and development. This paper therefore looks at the status of single parenting in the Kenya context, predisposing factors to single parenting and the effects of single parenting on children growth and development. The paper also analyses the challenges that most single parents face when raising their families in recent times. The paper also reviews the biblical expectations required for those individuals in single parenting set up.

 

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single, parenting, women, children

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejsss.v0i0.508

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