CE  Vol.2 No.4 , October 2011
Impact of Psychosocial Factors on the Adolescents’ Behaviour
Abstract: The study examined poverty, divorce and peer-pressure as correlates of behavioural problems among adolescents in Adekunle Ajasin University. A total number of 100 students were randomly selected from various Departments in the Faculty of Education. The research instrument titled: Adolescent Psychological Questionnaire (APQ) consisting of 18 items was administered to the adolescents in the Faculty. Four research hypotheses were formulated. The data were analysed using frequency count and Chi-Square statistics. Results showed that all the hypotheses tested were significant. This implies that poverty, divorce and peer-pressure were correlates of behavioural problems among adolescents in the Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba- Akoko, Nigeria.
Cite this paper: nullAjidahun, B. (2011). Impact of Psychosocial Factors on the Adolescents’ Behaviour. Creative Education, 2, 398-401. doi: 10.4236/ce.2011.24057.

[1]   Akinbola, R. B. (2004). Adolescents, poverty and the constitution: Contemporary issues and researches on adolescents. Ibadan: Royal People.

[2]   Bolland, J. M. (2003). Hopelessness and risk behaviour among adolescents living in high poverty inner-city neigbourhood. Journal of Adolescence, 26, 145-158.

[3]   Conger, R. D., & Chao, W. (1996). Adolescent depressed mood. In J. W. Santrock (Ed.), Adolescence. New York: McGraw Hill.

[4]   Cooney, T., & Mortimer, J. C. (1999). Family structure differences the timing of living home. exploring medicating factors. Journal of Research Adolescence, 9, 367-393. doi:10.1207/s15327795jra0904_1

[5]   Evans, G. W., & English, K. (2002). The environment of poverty: Multiple stressor exposure, psycho physiological stress and socio-emotional adjustment. Child Development, 73, 1238-1248. doi:10.1111/1467-8624.00469

[6]   Furstenberg, F. F., & Kiernan, K. E. (2001). Delayed parental divorce. How much do children benefit? Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 446-457. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00446.x

[7]   Kelly, J. (2000). Children’s adjustment in conflicted marriage and divorce: A decade review of research. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 963-973. doi:10.1097/00004583-200008000-00007

[8]   Mcloyd, V. C. (2000). Poverty In A. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology. Washington DC and New York: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.

[9]   Roediger, H. L., Capaldi, E. D., Paris, S. G., & Herman, C. P. (1996). Psychology. New York: West Publishing Company.

[10]   Simons, R. L., Gordon, L. C., Conger, R. D., & Loren, X. F. O. (1999). Explaining the higher incidence of problems among children of divorce compared with those in two-parents families. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 1020-1033. doi:10.2307/354021

[11]   Wolfinger, N. (1998). The effect of parental divorce on adult tobacco and alcohol consumption. Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 39, 254-269. doi:10.2307/2676316

[12]   Young, R. A, Paseluikho, M. A., & Valach, L. (1997). The role of emotions in the construction of career in parent-adolescent conversations. Journal of Counselling and Development, 76, 36-44.