Family Factors Influencing Intentional Self-organophosphate Poisoning Among Persons of Age 15-30 Years in Kericho County, Kenya

Langat Kiprotich Sigey *

University of Kabianga, P.O. Box-2030-20200, Kericho, Kenya.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Aim: The aim of this study was to explore factors that influence intentional self-poisoning among patients aged 15-30 years in Kericho County. The study's specific goals were to explore the influence of family factors, on intentional self-organophosphate poisoning.

Study Design: The study adopted cross-sectional study design.

Place and Duration of Study: Study was conducted in Kericho County, health facilities for a period of 4 months.

Methodology: 100 respondents were included in the study (88 males and 12 females).

Sample size of 100 respondents was used which was estimated population of patients who might have been affected with poisoning during study period. Data was collected from respondents who were attended and recovered during the study period of four months.

Data Analysis: The collected quantitative data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. Correlation and regression analysis were carried out to establish relationship between categorical variables. The analyzed data were presented in tables, charts and the corresponding thematic areas. Statistical significance was set at p<0.05.

Result: The results indicated that family factors showed positive influenced on self-poisoning. had correlation of 13.319 where significance was set at p=0.0001 indicating a high likelihood of influencing one to self-poison.

 Conclusion: This study suggested counselors to have  a prediction model to classify patients at a higher risk of self-harm by use of poisons and to focus on individual preventive strategies. Patients in the high-risk group require referral for mental health assessment and counseling both individual and family to alleviate helplessness and hopelessness, healthy lifestyle like come together party, and restriction of access to poison .This will eventually reduce these cases of self-poisoning in our Counties and Country at large.

Keywords: Self-poisonin, organophosphate, intentional

How to Cite

Sigey , L. K. (2024). Family Factors Influencing Intentional Self-organophosphate Poisoning Among Persons of Age 15-30 Years in Kericho County, Kenya. International Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health, 45(6), 50–60.


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