Document Type



Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


Parents in any family are faced with the responsibility of impacting good behaviour in their children with every parent having their own style of parenting. The intergenerational transmission of family practices, religious beliefs as well as the socio-economic support of parents for their children plays a significant role in moulding children. This paper is a result of a study conducted to investigate the influence of religion and socio-economic status of parents on their style of parenting to shape the behaviour of students in public secondary schools. The study utilized descriptive research design in collecting data from 60 public secondary schools in Nairobi City County, Kenya. The study targeted head-teachers, student counselors and students. The findings of the study established that parents pay for co-curricular activities at school and school fee on time.Students with more than recommended pocket money were rated as the ones with highest indiscipline. The study provides vital background knowledge to apply in the context of family therapy and to educate parents/guardians about the crucial role that they play consciously or unconsciously in shaping the behaviour of their children.The school arranged for parents/teachers and students’ meetings and recommends parents’ attendance once called upon.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

European Journal of Education Studies


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