PEER INFLUENCE ON TEENAGE PREGNANCY AS MANIFESTATION OF IMMORAL CHARACTER AMONG HEALTH EDUCATORS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
The study investigated peer influence on teenage pregnancy as manifestation of immoral character among Health Education students. However, to guide the researcher in the study, two research questions and one null hypothesis were formulated and relevant literature was reviewed. Description survey research was used with the population of 255 health educators in all the secondary schools in Anambra state under the management of Anambra state school services commission (PPSSC). The researcher used structured questionnaire as an instrument for data collection. A purposive survey was used. The questionnaire adopted five points likert scale. The researcher used arithmetic mean with decision point of 3.00 to answer research questions. The null hypothesis was tested using t-test at .05 level of significant. From the result of the data analyzed, it was found that all the seven items investigated are ways by which peer group orientation as a factor influences teenage pregnancy in rural communities. Significant difference exists in the mean perception of the teenage girls of the two statuses. Teenage girls from monogamous and polygamous home significantly differ in their mean perception of the factors of teenage pregnancy in Awka education zone. Results were discussed and recommendation offered. It was concluded that Health Education students should be effectively counseled for development of moral character, requisite for prevarication of the factors of teenage pregnancy and have the avoidance of teenage pregnancy which could mar their fortunes for self and societal emancipation.