International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Environmental violence, family upbringing and peer influence as correlates of destructive tendencies in adolescents

Ebenuwa-Okoh Evelyn
  • Ebenuwa-Okoh Evelyn
  • Department of Guidance and Counseling, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
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Ugoji Florence Ngozi
  • Ugoji Florence Ngozi
  • Department of Guidance and Counseling, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 15 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 11 May 2015
  •  Published: 27 May 2015

Abstract

This study examined environmental violence, family upbringing; peer group influence as correlates of destructive tendencies among adolescents. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. Empirical literatures were reviewed. The study is a survey and adopted expo facto design. The sample size of 400 respondents was randomly selected from diploma students of the Institute of Education, Delta State University, Abraka. The research instrument used for this study is titled Environmental violence, family upbringing, peer group influence and destructive tendencies among adolescents inventory. The instrument has face and content validity. The reliability indices for the sub instrument are environmental violence r = .89 family upbringing, r =.90, peer group influence .r.86 = and destructive tendencies .96. Regression statistical tool was used to analyze the data.  The findings of this study showed that environmental violence, family upbringing is significantly related to destructive tendencies among adolescents while peer group pressure does not encourage it.  It was recommended that parents should create time to be with their children and monitor their behaviours.

Key words: Environmental violence, family upbringing, peer influence, destructive tendencies, adolescents.