SUBJECT CATEGORY: MEDICINE | Oct. 14, 2020
Effect of Covid 19 Pandemic on Family Stabilty in Ong’ata Rongai, Kajiado County, Kenya
Stephen Ng’ang’a Njoroge, Suzzana Nyambura Nungi
Page no 224-232
The purpose of this study was to find out how Covid 19 pandemic has affected family stability. Many Kenyans working from home and others being laid off from work has resulted to untold social economic challenges resulting to domestic violence where majorities of the casualties are women. Specific objectives of this study were: to find out how Covid 19 has contributed domestic violence in the family, to determine how it has affected social-economic in the family and finally to assess how emotional and psychological brought by Covid 19 affect family stability. The Study was conducted at Ong’ata Rongai, a cosmopolitan Sub County in Kajiado County. The target population of the study was 300 persons from Ongata Rongai. Both qualitative and quantitative research design were adopted in this Study. Sampling was through simple random. Questionnaire method was used in data collection. Two well-trained Research Assistants on the methodology to be used were engaged. They explained very well to the respondents on the purpose of the Study. A total of 90 persons of the target population were selected using Gal and Berge formula. Ethical considerations were highly observed as no participant was forced to take part in the study. Both descriptive inferential statistics were used in this study.The data collected was coded and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 25.0. Tables and Figures were used to present the results. The Null Hypothesis was rejected. The results confirmed that 91% reported that use of physical force caused separation in families, 86% indicated that families involved in domestic violence are psychologically and emotionally affected and 91% indicated refusal to contribute financially to the family. Hence, there was statistical significant association between physical, psychological, emotional, and economic effects of domestic violence that influence family stability brought about by Covid 19 pandemic The Study concluded that there is need for the Government to work together with other private entities to ensure that sound policies and appropriate approaches to curb domestic violence are developed and implemented. This will ensure that domestic violence will have no place in our current society making Kenyan families stable and to benefit by living in harmony in anticipation of a more peaceful future. The beneficiary of this study will be the people of Ongata Rongai and any other places which might be going through similar problems.