THE PERCEIVED EFFECTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE ON THE SOCIAL INTERACTION OF SERIALLY FRUSTRATED UNDERGRADUATES IN LAGOS STATE (A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY AND CALEB UNIVERSITY)
The study examined perceived effect of sexual harassment and social intelligence on the social interaction of serially frustrated undergraduates in Lagos state, a case study of three selected university in Lagos State. The study employed the survey design and the purposive sampling technique to select 450 students across all department and level. A well-constructed questionnaire, which was adjudged valid and reliable, was used for collection of data from the respondents. The data obtained through the administration of the questionnaires was analyzed using the Pearson correlation analysis.
The results showed that there is positive and significant relationship between Sexual harassment and social interaction (r=0.772; p<0.05); Social intelligence significantly and social interaction (r=.896; p<0.05); Sexual harassment, social intelligence and social interaction (r=0.772; p<0.05).
The study concluded that sexual harassment and social intelligence has significant effect on the social interaction of serially frustrated undergraduates in Lagos state.
The study recommended that; The universities in Nigeria should formulate policy on sexual harasement; Sensitization on students on what is sexual harassment; Open forum for discussion on sexual harasement; Guidance and Counselling department should be established in every secondary schools, which should be headed by a qualified counsellor; Students should be adequately remunerated through attractive counselling programs and packages in order to avoid abuse by the students.
1.1 Background to the Study
Social interaction is a dynamic sequence of social actions between individuals and groups of individuals who modify their actions and reactions due to actions by interacting with others (Okpe, 2012). According to Bales (2007), social interaction is largely made up of the talking that people do when they are together. Talk or conservation is the fulcrum of social interaction. Social interaction is so much a part of the means by which humans think that only rarely do they take it as an object of study in itself. Social structure can be described as the social exchange between two or more individuals. These interactions form the basis for social structure and therefore are key object of basic social inquiry and analysis. Social interaction can be studied between groups of two (dyads), three (triads) or larger social groups. Social structures and cultures are founded upon social interaction (Ezewu, 2009). By interacting with one another, people design rules, institutions and systems within which they seek to live. Symbols are used to communicate the expectations of a given society to those new to it.