Influence of Peer Pressure on Alcohol Use Disorder among Street Youth in Slum Areas of Kariobangi Sub-County, Embakasi Nairobi County, Kenya
Keywords:The Street Youth, Peer Pressure, Slum Areas, Alcohol Use Disorder, Measures
The research endeavored to evaluate the influence of noble pressure on alcohol use disorder among street youth in slum areas of Kariobangi Sub-County within Nairobi County in Kenya. The research objectives entailed: to analyze the types of noble pressure, to examine the factors that facilitated to disorder due alcohol use, to discuss the effects of alcohol use disorder, and to suggest measures that would be embraced to minimize cases of alcohol use disorder among the street youth. Phenomenological design and qualitative techniques were used for data collection, analysis and presentation. Stratified chance sampling methods were utilized to obtain 200 study participants. The study findings revealed six types of noble pressures that were embraced among street youth namely positive noble pressure, negative noble pressure, indirect noble pressure, direct noble pressure, verbal and unspoken noble pressure. Moreover, the study findings revealed that noble pressure, stress-free induction, media influence, availability and affordability of alcohol, anxiety and curiosity factors led the street youth to alcohol use disorder. Lastly, the study findings revealed the following effects of alcohol use disorder among the street youth: death, poor health, and loss of memory, poor judgment, poor personal hygiene, and upsurge in crimes, rape cases, unprotected sex, and unwanted pregnancy among street youth. Thus, the researcher suggested for promoting positive noble pressure, seeking counseling services, provision of basic needs, using rehabilitation centers for alcohol addicts, creating awareness and advocacy against alcohol use disorder among the street youth, and the government, NGOs and Faith-Based organizations to reduce the number of street youth.
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