FAMILY STRUCTURE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AMONG ADOLESCENT IN PORT HARCOURT CITY OF RIVERS STATE

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FAMILY STRUCTURE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AMONG ADOLESCENT IN PORT HARCOURT CITY OF RIVERS STATE

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE
Title Page – – – – – – – i
Declaration – – – – – – – ii
Certification – – – – – – – iii
Dedication – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgment – – – – – – v
Table of Contents – – – – – – vi
Abstract – – – – – – – – vii

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the study – – – – – 1
1.2 Statement of the research problem – – – 2
1.3 Research question – – – – – – 3
1.4 Objective of the study – – – – – 3
1.5 Research Hypothesis – – – – – 4
1.7 Scope and limitation of the study – – – 5
1.8 Definition of key concepts – – – – 5

CHAPTER TWO
LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1.1 Family structure and delinquency – – – 7
2.1.2 Family processes and delinquency – – – 11
2.2 Theoretical framework – – – – –
2.2.1 Social control theory – – – – – 18

CHAPTER THREE
RESEARCH METHOD
3.0 Introduction – – – – – – 20
3.1 Research design – – – – – – 20
3.2 The study area – – – – – – 21
3.3 Population and sample size – – – – 22
3.4 Sampling techniques – – – – – 22
3.5 Instrument for data collection – – – – 23
3.6 Validity and reliability for research instrument – 23
3.7 Procedure for data collection – – – – 24
3.8 Method for data treatment and Analysis – – 24

CHAPTER FOUR
DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
4.1 Presentation and data analysis – – – – 25
4.2 Research question – – – – – – 29
4.3 Testing of research hypothesis – – – – 33
4.5 Discussion of finding – – – – – 35

CHAPTER FIVE
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – 37
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – 39
5.3 Recommendation – – – – – – 40
References – – – – – – – 43 – 45

ABSTRACT
This research work is to avail and also investigate the extent to which family structure predict or affect juvenile delinquency among adolescent in Port Harcourt City of Rivers State. The questionnaire responses from about 50 respondents in Port Harcourt City council were used as data for the study. The study funding’s showed that there is a significant relationship between family structure and juvenile delinquency among adolescent. That youths from broken homes records increased levels of delinquency. Finding’s also indicated that children from divorced homes have higher rates of delinquency. It is also revealed that juvenile delinquency is not hereditary, but can be linked to parents’ divorce. However, divorced homes and single parenthood are platforms for juvenile delinquency among adolescent which needs to be discouraged at all levels in the society.

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Study
An adolescent is views in different ways by different authors. To some authors, adolescence period is looked at in terms of transition to adulthood. The adolescent is seen to have left the childhood behaviours, be more matured and begins to exhibit some other characteristics that will enable him flow into real adulthood.
The adolescence period is viewed by some look at this period between ages 10 to 24 while some look at this period as starting from 8 years to 21 years. Juvenile delinquency refers to the term given to children who have not attained the adult age. This is normally defined by the court of law.
Delinquency on the hand can be defined as the engaged in actions considered as being unlawful by the state. Basically, Juvenile delinquency can mean any crime committed by a minor whether small like not going to school often or robbery and murder.
Juvenile delinquency is an intractable problem worldwide and has been increasing phenomenally by as much as 30 percent since the 1999 (Sheryln, 2008). Anti-social behaviours of young people have been posing a lot of problems to the people in Nigeria. Researchers have agreed that delinquency is rampant among children living in difficult social, economic conditions. They view the problems as originating mainly from the family as the first socialization agent. They identified the mina stressor to children as follows: the parent having a criminal record, children under child protection, parents having a semi or no job, high debt levels, drug abuse by the parents, death of the household head, and illiteracy among others. (Laura, 2007).

FAMILY STRUCTURE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AMONG ADOLESCENT IN PORT HARCOURT CITY OF RIVERS STATE

FAMILY STRUCTURE AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AMONG ADOLESCENT IN PORT HARCOURT CITY OF RIVERS STATE