KJED Volume. 3, Issue 2 (2023)


Ushie Godwin Beshibeshebe (PhD), Olofu Paul Agbade, Ekpenyong Violet Oyo, Ukpanukpong Fidelis A, Abuokwen Augustine Akomaye


Parents Socio-economic factors family size income level and child abuse tendencies

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Parental socio-economic factors and child abuse tendencies in Obudu Local government area of Cross River State

Abstract: The study's major goal was to assess the impact of parental socioeconomic factors on child abuse tendencies in Local Government Area. To fulfill the study's goal, two null hypotheses were developed to lead the investigation. The study employed an ex-post facto research approach. The study's population consisted of 1,205 SS 2 students from public secondary schools in Obudu. The study's sample consists of 176 SS 2 pupils drawn from the eight schools chosen for this study using a non-probability sampling technique. The main instruments used for data collection were a four-point rating scale questionnaire titled “Parental Socio-Economic Factors and Child Abuse Tendencies Questionnaire." The questionnaire contained 20 items. The instruments had reliability coefficients of 0.77 and 0.98 for the questionnaire. The hypotheses were tested using an independent t-test analysis. The study's findings found that family size and parental income level influence child abuse tendencies in the study area. In accordance with the results, a few suggestions were made, among other things: counselors should encourage parents and caregivers to attend family planning seminars and recognize the importance of having a small family size that they can comfortably and conveniently cater for in Obudu Local Government Area.