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Type Journal Article - Universal Journal of Medical Science
Title Predisposing Factors to Homosexuality among Men in Kilifi Town-Kenya
Author(s)
Volume 4
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 88-93
URL http://www.hrpub.org/download/20160630/UJMSJ2-17506284.pdf
Abstract
Understanding predisposing factors to
homosexuality is important in formulating behavioural
interventions targeted to men having sex with men (MSM)
who form part of key populations as defined by World
Health Organization. A descriptive cross-sectional study
utilizing snowballing sampling methodology was conducted
to determine predisposing factors to homosexuality in Kilifi
town council. The study, which carried out between the
months of August and December 2015, included both
self-identified and non-self-identified MSM in Kilifi town.
Data was collected through self-administered questionnaires,
focused group discussions and key informant interviews
drawn from healthcare institutions and law enforcement
agencies that ensure the safety of MSM in the community.
Data was thereafter analysed by descriptive statistics. The
findings of this study demonstrated that homosexuality is as
a result of socialization rather than biological causes. 66.6%
of respondents cited choice as the reason they were
homosexuals. They further described homosexuality as a
lifestyle, meaning it’s a decision they made. Peer pressure,
parental upbringing, family set up, watching pornography,
physical and sexual abuse when growing up were other
factors mentioned by the respondents. Community
involvement and sensitization would be important in
reducing the number of boys who convert to homosexuality
at some point in life.

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