THE CAUSES OF STUDENT DEVIANT AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR
THE STUDY’S BACKGROUND
Deviant and delinquent behavior is a major issue in today’s society. Egyptian priests carried on a stone some years ago that our earth has degenerated, and children no longer obey their parents. Johnson (1995) The increased deviant and delinquent behavior among students at Emotan Girls Grammar School has piqued the interest of many people.
We hear a twist of deviant and delinquent causes being attributed to Emotan girls’ grammar school today while reading Nigerian daily newspapers and listening to radio and television. Gone are the days when students took pride in being in school, strived for excellence in class work, and looked to the future with a youthful and innocent outlook. This is no longer the case.
People involved in children’s upbringing have observed a wide range of behavior, from simple vices like lying about their age to drinking alcohol that leads to misbehavior. Anti-social behavior is on the rise at Emotan Girls Grammar School, with students attacking teachers, destroying school property, and attempting to rape their female counterparts among others.
The increased occurrence of these deviant and delinquent acts is now causing great concern among parents, teachers, and social workers who are responsible for raising these children. This implies that the source of the deviant and delinquent behavior at Emotan Girls Grammar School must be identified and preventative measures implemented.
The investigator’s experience as a teacher inspired the decision to conduct a study on the causes of deviant and delinquent behavior. In school, there are usually cases of students stealing, truancy, smoking India hemp, and so on. The importance of students in national development cannot be overstated, but what hope does the nation have when the students who are supposed to build the nation engage in various vices and crimes? There is no doubt that these students’ behavior has a negative impact on them and the students around them. As a result, the following questions are central to this study:
1. What effect does social and economic factors have on students’ deviant and delinquent behavior?
2. Does watching television cause students to be deviant?
3. Is there a connection between peer group pressure and deviance and delinquency?
4. What effect does parental behavior have on deviant and delinquent behavior in students?
5. Does emotional deprivation lead to deviant behavior in students?
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
This research aims to identify the root causes of deviant and delinquent behavior in Emotan Girls Grammar School, particularly those related to the home, because charity begins at home. The research will also make recommendations on how to eliminate deviant and delinquent behavior from the Emotan girls’ grammar school.
The study’s findings are hoped to be useful to parents, teachers, psychologists, and social workers. The findings will also serve as a useful source of literature on the causes of deviant and delinquent behavior.
It is hoped that the study’s findings will also serve as a foundation for relevant preventive measures in deviant and delinquent behavior.
QUESTIONS FOR RESEARCH
1. Does adolescent behavior result in deviant and delinquent behavior?
2. Is watching television a cause of deviant and delinquent behavior?
3. Is improper child rearing the root cause of deviant and delinquent behavior in children?
4. Does poor school administration lead to deviant and delinquent behavior?
5. Is truancy associated with deviant and delinquent behavior?
6. Is stealing associated with deviant and delinquent behavior?
These studies concentrate on Emotan girls grammar school and Emotan girls grammar school are Secondary School.
Deviants: This term refers to behavior that is contrary to norms or the lack of discipline. This implies that for any behavior to be recognized as violating societal norms.
Delinquency is defined or referred to as our behavior as a result of the failure of personal and social controls to produce behaviors that conform to the norms of the society system, for which legal penalties are imposed. Delinquent individuals have not been able to absorb society’s rules and norms.
The term “broken home” refers to the separation of parents through divorce or desertion.
When a person is deprived of opportunities to experience a reasonable amount of love, this is referred to as emotional deprivation.
Unfavorable Parental Interaction: This is a situation in which the parents do not have a cordial relationship. In this regard, such interaction teaches children bad habits.
Adolescence: Adolescence is a period in which growing children experience early accelerated growth spirit as they approach adulthood. Akinbonye (1985) Adolescents in Nigeria are simply those between the ages of 12 and 21.
Uncordial Family Relationship: This is the type of relationship that leads to a lack of attention for children. It can cause instility in children as well as fear in children. This type of relationship can exist between stepparents and their stepchildren, for example. Some stepparents see stepchildren as the children of irresponsible parents. Children from such homes run away and engage in deviant behavior by joining various deviant subcultures.
Subculture: A group in which some type of illegal activity is required in order for the group roles to be performed.
Criminal Sub-Culture: This is the type of gang that is dedicated to that exhortation and other illegal means of income.
Conflict Sub-Culture: This is also known as the type of violence dominated in order to gain status.
Restreatist Sub-Culture: This also refers to the type of gang in which alcohol consumption is encouraged.
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THE CAUSES OF STUDENT DEVIANT AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR