CAUSES OF ADOLESCENT EMOTIONAL PROBLEM IN NIGERIA ( A CASE STUDY OF OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE)
This study investigated the cause of adolescents emotional problem in Nigeria. The research covers four (4) selected Senior Secondary Schools in Ojo Local Government area Lagos state. The sample consists of one hundred and twenty (120) students randomly selected among students in the four (4) selected schools. Four hypothesis were formulated to enable the researcher to carry out the study the instrument used was questionnaire to collect the require information from the respondents and data collected was analyzed using four like-type rating scale. This result of the findings show that there are existing relationship between Adolescent and emotional problems. However, it was recommended that it is important that teachers, parents, government and educational planners has to join hands to control adolescent emotional problems so that at the end of the school period, they would end well being useful to them selves, their parents and the society.
TABLE OF CONTENT
TITLE PAGE i
TABLE OF CONTENT vii
1.0 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY 1
1.1 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM 4
1.2 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY 5
1.3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS 5
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY 6
1.5 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY 7
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY 7
1.7 DEFINITION OF OPERATIONAL TERMS 7
2.0 INTRODUCTION 9
2.1 CONCEPT OF ADOLESCENT 10
2.2 EMOTION DEFINED 15
2.3 THEORETICAL BACKGROUND OF EMOTION 17
2.4 ADOLESCENT AND HIS PEER GROUP 19
2.5 EFFECT ON ADOLESCENT EMOTIONAL
DEVELOPMENT ON EDUCATION AND
ADOLESCENT ADJUSTMENT 2
3.0 INTRODUCTION 28
3.1 RESEARCH DESIGN 28
3.2 POPULATION 28
3.3 SAMPLE AND SAMPLING TECHNIQUES 29
3.4 RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION 29
3.5 ADMINISTRATION OF INSTRUMENT 30
3.6 METHOD OF DATA ANALYSIS 30
PRESENTATION OF DATA AND
ANALYSIS OF FINDINGS 31
5.1 SUMMARY 43
5.2 CONCLUSION 45
5.3 RECOMMENDATIONS 45
- BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Adolescence is a trying period emotionally, adolescents is a Person with lots of problems such as bodily growth, sexual problems, religious and social problems. Adolescent emotional problems is associated with life of adolescents, this period is a period when a child get into adulthood, faced with conflicting emotions where he is fighting for self-control and to achieve self actualization.
Jersild (1978) define adolescents period as the transitional period of life. He further stated that it is the span of years that male and female move from childhood to adulthood, this period is a critical period for adolescents, they seems confused and would not understand their self. In his opinion, he said that there is no specific age at which individual experience adolescence and it also varies from individual to individual and from one geographical environment to another, others around and their parents invariably might fail to accept it as part of adolescence, but interpreting their behaviour as undue moodiness and rebellion.
According to Oladele (1989) a period of metamorphosis, when an adult is created out of at a time in teens, when the individual approaches the peak of his physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and maturation in growth and development. In this review of literature (Wilmonth 1966), Thombung (1975) found that during adolescence, most individual withdraw form the mixed age society of their peers, as they attempt to become more independent, they also withdraw from the emotional ties they developed with their parents during childhood; feelings of emptiness, loneliness, boredom and unreality follows if close peers relationship are not substitutes for the previous close parental relationship. Conger and Kogan(1974) believed that the society has a very high demand on the adolescents, demand for independence, demand for vocational preparation and for the development of a basic guiding philosophy of life. Writers disagree on whether the transition from childhood to adulthood should be a turbulent process of a smooth and gradual one. Anna Freud has expressed special concern for “good” children who experience a non-turbulent adolescence, she is of the opinion that a period of adolescent turmoil and rebellion is inevitable, predictable and normal. Under normal circumstances some adolescent’s turmoil is usually.
Dryfoos (1990) present a comprehensive profile of adolescents and their problems in the area of delinquency, academic failure, and also emotional problems such as depression, suicide, anxiety and eating disorder, up to 15 percent of adolescents under the age of 18 years of age experience emotional problem serious enough to justify special treatment. Approximately 20 percent of them are reported at least one diagnosable episode of depression. However, Adolescents emotional Sensitivity is partially related to the hormonal, physical and body image changes of adolescence. In addition they must become independent of his parents and move towards hetero sexuality. Adolescents are sensitive to comment about their personal appearance, body image concerns cause them much anxiety critical comment about the adolescent’s family, friends, school etc. Even if he has just run them down, may be viewed as attack on his personal being the most dependent adolescents is the one who is most adamant in his demands for indecency. They shrill and uncompromising insistence on total freedom and denial of any attachment to parents is often accompanied by Behaviour which is unconsciously calculated to pull into their affairs.
Much has been written and said about adolescence, it has been presented as a necessary period of turmoil, or even as a disease process, it is however a period of physical and emotional growth during which problems specific to adolescence must be resolves when they are not resolved the adolescents in vulnerable to becoming anxious, depressed, and even psychology. But fortunately, most accomplish the transition to adulthood all the same.
1.1 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
These day adolescents run away from their homes trailing behind them uncountable reasons. This is done on the prompt of seeking for freedom deluding themselves with the idea that the world might be a bed of roses this time certain kinds of developmental problems might arise especially problems that has to do with self-perception and negative emotions, this if not checked and nipped at the bud would make the adolescents society misfit and community lay-out it is on this understanding that this research want to find solution to the adolescents emotional problem.
- PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research is to examine adolescents emotional problem in secondary schools. The research work will bring into focus some physiological changes that is usually taken place in adolescents Male and Female, this research will also examine the consequences of the emotional problem problems on adolescents themselves, school setting, parent and society at large.
Lastly, the researcher will suggest the role that teachers, parents, and government can play to assist adolescents to minimize their developmental problems.
- RESEARCH QUESTIONS
- Is there any significant difference between male and female in relation to emotional problems?
- Does physical appearance make any difference in Male and Female emotional problem?
- Does peer group have influence on adolescents emotional problem?
- Does adolescent with high level of emotional development perform academically better than those with low emotion.
Ho1 There is no significant difference between Male and Female in relation to emotional problems
Ho2 Physical appearance does not make significant difference between Male and Female emotional problem
Ho3 There is no significant relationship between adolescents emotional problem and peer group influence
Ho4 There is no significant relationship between adolescent with high level of emotion and those with low level of emotion.
- SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
It is believed that conclusion and observation drawn from this study will help in finding solution to the problems associated with adolescents emotion in our society. Emotional problem of adolescents if not checked would spell disaster. It is then important that teachers, parents, government and education planners has to join hands to control has to join hands to control adolescent emotional problems so that at the end of the school period of student they would end well being useful to themselves, their parents and the society.
- LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
This study will be limited to four secondary school due to inadequate time for the research and also due to financial constraints.
- SCOPE OF THE STUDY
As mentioned above, the researcher will cover four selected secondary school in Ojo Local Government Area, Lagos State. This study is based on questionnaire, to be filled by student both Male and Female in SSS3 class.
1.7 DEFINITION OF OPERATIONAL TERMS
- ADOLESCENCE: – This is one of the stage contained in human life span. It succeeds that childhood stage that is most complex characterized by anxiety, confusion, fear, identity, crises and much need for adjustment as the individual interacts with his immediate environment, this stage is divided into two namely- the early adolescent stage which occurs between the age of 10-14 years, and the late adolescents stage which ranges between 13-21years.
- EMOTION:- Emotion is a strong feeling such as alone, fear, or anger, the part of a person’s character that consist of feelings.
- ADJUSTMENT DISORDER: – An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behaviour reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person’s life that is considered maladaptive or somehow not an expected healthy response to the event or change.
- TURMOIL: –This is state of great anxiety confusion, uncertainty, emotional, mental and political turmoil.
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