Vol. 4, Issue 9 (2018)
Teenage pregnancy and early child care: Implication for health education/counselling in cross River state
Author(s): Okoi Nta Obono, Anake Paulina M, Ebri Omini U
Abstract: Teenage pregnancy and early child care are issues that call for reasoning into the underlying causes of adolescent pregnancy, such as poverty, homelessness, gender inequality, social pressure, culture, coercion and self will. Hence, the purpose of this study was aimed at intensifying awareness on the challenges and crisis of teenage mothers and early child care in Cross River State, Nigeria, through seminars, campaign on girl child rights, sex education, abstinence and focus on education, love and acceptance. Counselling intervention and recommendations are made based on appropriate comprehensive sexuality education for all young people, investing in girl child education, preventing early marriage, sexual violence and building gender equitable society by empowering girls and encouraging men and boys on positive reasoning.