INFLUENCE OF PARENTAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS ON NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IN NAIVASHA CENTRAL ZONE, KENYA

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This study is set out to establish the factors which affect the nutritional status of the
pre-school children in Naivasha Central zone in Naivasha District.  The study
targeted 108 respondents. This involved 20 schools teachers, 40 parents and 48 pre-
school children. The zone was chosen because the pre-school children here
expressed most profound signs of diverse nutritional levels. Through self
administered questionnaires and oral interviews, the study elicited views on the
determinants on nutritional status of pre-school children in Naivasha Central zone.
In this study piloting was done prior to the actual research. This was done by use of
simple random sampling of one school in the neighbouring district before the actual
research then test re-test technique was used to test the reliability. The researcher got
the research permit from the National council for Science and Technology and wrote
an introductory letter to the targeted schools in the zone before proceeding to the
field to collect data. The data was collected and analyzed with the help of a
computer. This enabled the researcher to enter and  analyze quantitative data using
descriptive statistics in order to obtain the mean, frequencies, percentages and
correlation coefficient. According to the study, the findings that 60% of the targeted
pre-school parents lacked adequate knowledge on the provision of nutritious food
and only 40% of the parents have attained academic standards of above secondary
level which is below average.

Author: 
Jane Wangari Mugenyo
Unit: 
COMMTECH

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