THE CHALLENGES OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ON NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTION (A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF JOS, UNIJOS)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Ideally, students should be made to study under conducive environment without undue stress. Conducive environment constitutes of a condition devoid of economic, financial, social, and psychological problems. This, however appears not to be so with students in Nigerian universities. According to Eneh (2018), many Nigerian university students face some excruciating economic difficulties such as inability to pay their school fees, purchase essential textbooks for their courses, feed and clothe themselves or cope with academic work, and obtain good medical care while on campus. These unaccomplished needs among others may culminate in suicidal behaviours (Eneh, 2018). . These suicidal behaviours such as completed suicides, attempted suicides, suicidal ideation, and indirect self-destructive behaviours (such as alcoholism, substance abuse, possession of lethal weapons, cultism, sex abuse, and armed robbery) by students in our universities constitute significant public health concerns. The question therefore arises as to whether there are cases of suicidal behaviours among Nigerian tertiary institution students in University of Jos, Plateau state. If there are, which preventive measures against such behaviours are appropriate? These, in the main, constitute the problem of the study.
1.3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The major aim of the study is to examine the challenges of suicidal tendencies on Nigerian tertiary institution. Other specific objectives of the study include;
1. The prevalence of suicidal attempts among students of university of Jos, Plateau State
2. The prevalence of suicidal ideation among students of university of Jos, Plateau State
3. To examine the risk factors of suicide among students of university of Jos, Plateau state
4. The examine the impact of suicide on the family and society of students in university of Jos, Plateau State
5. To examine the preventive measures against the prevalence of suicidal behaviours based on students characteristics (sex and year of study).
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1. What is the prevalence of suicidal attempts among students of university of Jos, Plateau State?
2. What is the prevalence of suicidal ideation among students of university of Jos, Plateau State?
3. What is the risk factors of suicide among students of university of Jos, Plateau state
4. What is the impact of suicide on the family and society of students in university of Jos, Plateau State?
5. What preventive measures are adopted against suicidal behaviours among students of university of Jos, Plateau State?
1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
H0: Suicidal behaviour has no significant influence among students of University of Jos
H1: Suicidal behaviour has a significant influence among students of University of Jos
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The results of the findings from the data analysed on the challenges of suicidal tendencies is hoped to enable health educators to suggest intervention and prevention strategies appropriate for students at risk for suicidal behaviours. It would help sociologists and other educators to provide intervention programmes to prevent premature deaths due to suicides across the lifespan in Nigeria. It is expected also that the results of the findings from the study will help to reduce the harmful after-effects associated with suicidal behaviours and traumatic impacts of suicide on family members and significant others, as well as reduce the social stigma attached to family members of people who commit or attempt suicide. This might be achieved if the isolation and stigmatization of family members of suicide victims are prevented or minimized. The finding will also help to ginger up the various universities in Nigeria to establish suicide prevention strategy centres with telephone ‘hotline’ services. These centres should be managed by professionally trained suicidologists or medical practitioners versed in identification and treatment of risk factors associated with suicidal behaviours. It will also help the psychiatrists and suicidologists to identify early enough students with signs of depression, schizophrenia and other mood problems and to treat them before they start attempting suicide. It will also help guidance counsellors to plan out programmes of activities to enable the students reduce incidences and prevalence of suicidal ideation through a co-ordinated and planned programme of guidance counselling in the universities. A well-coordinated and planned programme of guidance counselling for students in our universities, it is expected, would decrease risk and/or increase protective factors against such suicidal ideation behaviour. This, is expected, would inform the development of effective interventions by university authorities and ministries of education in Nigeria to prevent suicidal and self-destructive behaviours that often co-occur. It is even more crucial to investigate the prevalence of suicidal behaviours among students of universities since unidentified suicidal behaviours are most likely to ruin their future. The result of the present finding, it is hoped, would help to improve social integration and social regulation and might reduce social isolation and social withdrawal among the students of Nigerian universities. In other words, it might help improve the relationship between the individual student and the social setting in which he or she finds him/herself, and also improve further research and expansion of body of knowledge.
1.7 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The study is restricted to the challenges of suicidal tendencies on Nigerian Tertiary Institution, a case study of University of Jos, Plateau state.
1.8 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
Financial constraint: Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview)
Time constraint: The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Suicide: Is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. The most commonly used method of suicide varies between countries, and is partly related to the availability of effective means.
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