The Effects Of Parental Socioeconomic Status On The Delinquent Behaviour Of Students In Idemili South Local Government Area Of Anambra State

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The Effects Of Parental Socioeconomic Status On The Delinquent Behaviour Of Students In Idemili South Local Government Area Of Anambra State


Abstract


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of students in Idemili south local government area of Anambra state. A total of 133 (one hundred and thirty three) questionnaires were distributed and 133 were returned. The primary data contained information extracted from the questionnaires in which the respondents were required to give specific answer to a question by ticking in front of an appropriate answer and administered the same on staff of the two organizations: The questionnaires contained about 16 structured questions which were divided into sections A and B. The sub-objective is put forward by the researcher to be accomplished in cause of the study; i) To ascertain the effect on students’ academic performance, ii) The relationship between the socioeconomic status of parent and student del inquent behavior. The findings will be of great importance to the management of schools as the study seek to enumerate the influence of parental social and economic status of parents on the behavior of secondary school students.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Education not only provides knowledge and skills, but also inculcates values, training of instincts, fostering right attitude and habits. According to Muhammed and Muhammed (2010) they are of the opinion that, cultural heritage and values are transmitted from one generation to another through Education. The responsibility of training a child always lies in the hand of the parents. This is congruent with the common assertion by sociologist that education can be an instrument of cultural change which is being taught from home is relevant in this discuss. It is not out of place to imagine that parental socio-economic background can have possible effects on the academic achievement of children in school. Whatsoever affect the developmental stage of children would possibly affect their education or disposition to it. Parental status is one of such variables. When a woman’s nutritional status improves, so too does the nutrition of her young children “Parents of different occupational classes often have different styles of child rearing, different ways of disciplining their children and different ways of reacting to their children. These differences do not express themselves consistently as expected in the case of every families, rather they influence the average tendencies of families for different occupational classes.” (Rothestein, 2004). In line with the above assertion, Hill et al. (2004) had also argued that socio-economic status of parents do not only affect the academic performance, but also makes it possible for children from low background to compete with their counterparts from high socio-economic background under the same academic environment. Moreover, Smith, Fagan and Ulvund (2002) had asserted that significant predictor of intellectual performance at age of 8 years included parental socio-economic status (SES). In the same vein, other researchers had posited that parental SES could affect school children as to bring about flexibility to adjustment to the different school schedules (Guerin et al., 2001). The same view is shared by Machebe (2012), in her research, concluded that, parental socio-economic status could influence academic performance of their children at school. In a previous local finding in Nigeria, Oni (2007) and Omoegun (2007) had averred that there is significant difference between the rates of deviant behavior among students from high and low socio-economic statuses. The health status of the children which could also be traceable to parental socio-economic background can be another factor that can affect the academic performance of the students, Adewale (2002) had reported that in arural community where nutritional status is relatively low and health problems are prevalent, children academic performance is greatly hindered. This assertion is again hinged on nature of parental socio-economic background. Moreover, Eze (1996) had opined that when a child get proper nutrition, health care, stimulation during pre-school years, the ability to interact with and take optimal advantage of the full complement of resources offered by a formal learning environment is enhanced. Educational activities are geared towards ensuring that students achieve mastery of educational objectives. In school , the extent to which these objectives have been achieved, is determined by their level of peer pressure, time management as students’ success are reflected in their academic performance. Peers play a large role in the social and emotional development of adolescents Allen (2005). Their influence begins at an early age and increases through the teenage years, it is natural, healthy and important for adolescent to have and rely on friends as they grow and mature. A peer could be any one you look up to in behaviour or someone who you would think is equal to your age or ability (Hardcastle, 2002). On the other hand, the term “pressure” implies the process that influence people to do something that they might not otherwise choose to do. According to Hartney, (2011) peer pressure refers to the influences that peers can have on each other. Peer pressure is emotional or mental forces from people belonging to the same social group (such as age, grade or status) to act or behave in a manner similar to themselves (Weinfied 2010).Jones, (2010) defined peer pressure as the ability of people from the same social rank or age to influence another of same age, bracket peer pressure is usually associated with teens although its influence is not confined to teenagers alone.Most secondary schools students in general and those in Calabar south in particular are in the adolescent stage. The adolescent has needs and problems that arise from organic, psychological and social pressures. These pressures in turn exert influences on them, which make them exhibit behaviors that are not in consonance with societal norms leading to delinquency. According to Isangedighi (1998) delinquency is a behavior that involves retraction from rules that govern behavior among adolescents. Delinquency on the whole is not an easy concept to define due to it complex characteristics. However, delinquency has been from time immemorial a social evil. These delinquent behaviors consist of acts that violate the laws of the society. Onyejiaku (1991) further stress that delinquency covers an enormous rage on crime including felonies such as robbery, assault or misdemeanors such as loitering and behaviors that are illegal. The manifestation of delinquency among secondary school students has remained an age long problem in the Nigerian secondary school system. In a study carried out by Ajake, Etuk and Omori (2010) shows that there is a high rate of school complains about students delinquency. At this juncture, family has an enormous task of ensuring that the adolescent grows appropriately in this regard. The extent to which parents and other adults in the family make provision for the holistic growth of their adolescent, with the view of curbing societal ills has generated a lot of concern in our contemporary Nigeria as a whole and Enugu state in particular. Increased attention is being given to the ability of individual and family to successfully remedy the negative impact on delinquency.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

Socio economic status is relevant to all realms of behavioral and social sciences. A family’s socioeconomic status is based on family income, parental educational level, social contacts within the groups association and the community perception of the family). Education does not only provide knowledge and skills needed for life but also inculcates values, training of instincts, fostering the right attitude and habits. Cultural heritage and values are transmitted from one generation to the next through education. Education principally reflects a social process and implies social framework for development, whether societal or individually. Since the learning process works on a lot of possibilities, the educational goals should be suggestive and flexible to incorporate revision in order to meet the requirement of society and of the child who lives and grows in it, in retrospect to the original purpose of education, parental socio-economic status has in most cases influence the student behavior and attitude towards education. It is in view of this that the researcher intends to investigate the effect of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of student in Idemili south Local government area of Anambra state.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The main objective of this study is to investigate the effect of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of students in Idemili south local government area in Anambra state; but to aid the completion of the study, the following sub-objective is put forward by the researcher to be accomplished in cause of the study;

  1. To ascertain the effect of parental socio-economic status on students’ academic performance
  2. To investigate the impact of delinquent behavior and academic performance of students
  3. To ascertain the relationship between the socio-economic status of parent and student delinquent behavior
  4. To proffer suggested solution to the identified problems above

1.4 Research Hypotheses

To aid the completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher

  1. H0: parental socio-economic status has on effect on students’ academic performance
    H1: parental socio-economic status has effect on students’ academic performance
  2. H02: there is no significant relationship between socio-economic status of parent and student delinquent behavior
    H2: there is a significant relationship between socio-economic status of parent and student delinquent behavior

1.5 Significant of the Study

At the completion of the study, the findings will be of great importance to the management of schools as the study seek to enumerate the influence of parental socio-economic status on the behavior of secondary school students, the study will also be of great importance to parents of these wards as the study seek to enumerate the role parent socio-economic status play on the delinquent behavior of the student. The study will also be of importance to researchers who intend to embark on study in similar topic, finally the study will be of importance to student teachers and the general public as the study will add to the pool of literature already available.


1.6 Scope and Limitation of the Study

The scope of the study covers the effect of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of students in Idemili south local government. But in the cause of the researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

(a) Availability of Research Material:

The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study.

(b) Time:

The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

(c) Finance:

The finance available for the research work does not allow for wider coverage as resources are very limited as the researcher has other academic bills to cover.


1.7 Definition of Terms

Socio-economic Status

Socioeconomic status (SES) is an economic and sociological combined total measure of a person’s work experience and of an individual’s or family’seconomic and social position in relation to others, based on income, education, and occupation.

Delinquent

A juvenile delinquent, often shortened as delinquent is a young person (under 18) who fails to do that which is required by law; see juvenile delinquency.

Behavior

Behavior or behavior is the range of actions and mannerisms made by individuals, organisms, systems, or artificial entities in conjunction with themselves or their environment, which includes the other systems or organisms around as well as the (inanimate) physical environment. It is the response of the system or organism to various stimuli or inputs, whether internal or external, conscious or subconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary


1.8 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows.

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (background of the study), statement of the problem, objectives of the study, research questions, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope of the study etc.
  • Chapter two being the review of the related literature presents the theoretical framework, conceptual framework and other areas concerning the subject matter.
  • Chapter three is a research methodology covers deals on the research design and methods adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study.

Chapter Five


Summary Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain the effects of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent’s behavior of students in Idemili south local government area

In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of parental socioeconomic status on the delinquent behavior of students.


5.2 Summary

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of parental socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of students in Idemili south local government area of Anambra State.The child’s educational aspirations. This assertion is in line with NTI (2005) which opined “children from higher socio-economic class are more likely to be encouraged and motivated”. Such children are also more likely to attend the most prestigious schools because their parents have the wherewithal to bear the costs of qualitative private education.


5.3 Conclusion

It can be concluded that that socio-economic status on the delinquent behavior of students, and education of parents in this study setting is not significant factors in students’ academic performance. However, educational qualification of parent and health status of students’ are significant factors that affect the academic performance of students.


5.4 Recommendations

In view of the finding of this study, the following recommendations are here presented:

  1. Social and economic policies should be put in place to enable children from parents of low economic status to have equal opportunity of advancing the cause of education their children.
  2. Health acre services for lower class children should be made to narrow the gap of inequality in Nigerians and hence the attendant effects on the coming generation.
  3. Parents who are not educated or has low educational qualification should Endeavour to allow their children to attend remedial summer coaching provided by non-governmental organization during holidays to supplement the regular school programmed.
  4. The need for the intake of balanced diet should be emphasized. The government can do a lot in this regard by providing mid-day fortified meal for the school – age children.

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