EFFECT OF BROKEN HOMES ON THE SOCIETY
A CASE STUDY OF AMUKOKO COMMUNITY IN AJEROMI LOCAL
GOVERNMENT AREA OF LAGOS STATE
This paper is a report of the study that examined the effect of broken homes on the society. The sample for the study consisted of inhabitants of the randomly selected families in the neighbourhoods’ of Amukoko community. The adapted form of "Guidance and Counselling Achievement Grade Form" was used for data collection and the data collected were subjected to statistical analysis using the t-test statistical method. The three null hypotheses formulated were tested at .05 level of significance. The results showed that significant differences existed between the delinquent behaviour of children from single-parent family and those from two-parent family structures. The results also indicated significant differences in academic performance of male and female children compared on two types of family structures. On the basis of these findings, it was recommended that school counselors should be employed in all schools and that they should provide necessary assistance to students especially those from single-parent family to enable them overcome their emotional concerns.
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Broken home is a worldwide problem and it occurs in a situation whereby the parent are not able to cope with each other may be as a result of financial constraint or incompatibility of their behavior hence the child live with either of the parents. The parents in order to make bolt ends meet will not be at home most of the time. The child is deprived of love and affection and parent s enlightenment and motivation on how to go about things. The family in this situation becomes less important as an educating an gent where the parents the child is living will have to re – marry, either the man or woman, the child may not be acceptable by the step parent. Thus, such a child becomes a liability instead of an asset. The child may be maltreated in various forms. That is the child may not be given adequate food and money to school and will therefore be exposed to stealing or running away to do meager jobs to feed him or herself. The child at this adolescent age wants independence from the family but attaining adult status and developing as a unique individual needs guidance which may be lacking in this situation. The family could no longer prepare the child for traditional adult role which he/she is expected to play in the society. So the child finds it difficult to formulate values acceptable to his /her own group, to parent and to cultural mores. In the course of adolescent development task, the home is of greatest importance. A good home provides love, support, encouragement and security to cope with life’s demand and helps the child in adjustment to the outside word. A warm and rewarding parent-adolescence relationship helps to keep the process of identity formation on a smooth course. The absence of either of the parent will definitely leave a scar in his socializing process. For instance, the boys realize their roles in the father so they tend to identify more with the father while the female tends to identify more with the father while the female tends toward the mother. Although, evidence from experience with people shows that broken home can still be better than unhappy home. However, it is noted that the way the children perceive the home before breakage and separation will affect the behavior. For instance, the children that saw the family happy before separation tends to be more adversely affected after breakage. Broken home also affects the health of such children as they will not have confidence in telling their parents of any illness until it becomes complicated and get out of hands. Even when the child reports about this sickness, the parent may not have money to take him to the hospital and may consult quacks or go for self medication and this can...
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