Socio-economic status and child neglect among single parents in Ruhaama sub-county Ntungamo district

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Kampala International University, College of Education Open and Distance Learning
The study was aimed at investigating the risk factors or causes of child neglect in Ruhaama Sub-county Ntungamo district. The total number of respondents was 40 and these were single parents. The study design involved the use of non experimental study in which a range of variables were measured. The justification of this design is that it favors the topic of the study and this also allowed easy collection of data from the samples. The method of data collection was random sampling technique. Data was presented by tabulation, description and percentages. The presentation and interpretation of the data revealed significant findings which included. The causes of child neglect as poverty and unemployment, inadequate information about child development, prostitution, early marriage alcohol and Disability among others. The study went ahead to identify possible ways of reducing child neglect as community empowerment programs, Use of media, Proper implementation of children’s Act, Justice, Advocacy and public education among others. The recommendations made include, rehabilitation, strict laws on child neglect, vocational skill training, psycho-social support as well as use of child focused TV and Radio programs.
A research report submitted to the College of Economics and Management Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Bachelors Degree of Guidance and Counseling of Kampala International University
child neglect, single parents, Ruhaama, Ntungamo district