THE INCIDENCE OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY: A FACT OR FARCE?

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					    THE INCIDENCE OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEMPORARY
                SOCIETY: A FACT OR FARCE?

                                     Mary Basil Nwoke*
                                  Department of Psychology
                                 University of Nigeria, Nsukka


              The study investigated the incidence of child abuse
              in the contemporary society. It examined the
              dimension of the incidence whether it is a fact or a
              farce. 300 participants, from school of Nursing, Mid-
              wifery and Medical Laboratory of Bishop Shanahan
              Hospital Nsukka. 285 females and 15 males freely
              participated. Age range was (20-26) years with a
              mean age of 23 years. An instrument called
              Incidence of child Abuse Inventory (ICAI) developed
              and validated by the researcher was used. The
              scale has three dimensions, physical, mental and
              moral dimensions. Results showed that there was
              significant influence of physical dimension on child
              abuse. F(1,293)= 207.73 P<.001, mental dimension
              was significant. F (1,293)= 55.45 P<.001 moral
              dimension was significant 7(1,293) = 209.94.
              P<.001. In the interaction effect physical x mental
              dimension was significant = F (1,293) = 21.41
              P<.002. Physical x moral dimension was significant
              = F (1,293) = 14.52 P<.002. Physical x mental x
              moral dimension was significant F (2,293) = 10.61
              P<.04. The findings affirm that the incidence of child
              abuse is a fact and not a farce and many factors
              are sustaining it. It recommended that adult human
              beings should eschew all forms of behaviour that
              militate against the child‘s well being and survival.


Introduction
        Over the years it is held that human development is
greatly influenced by forces outside the individual. Havighurst
(1973; Santrock 1995; Berger and Thompson 1998; Gordon and
Debus;2002) observed that physical surroundings and social
interactions provide incentives, opportunities and pathways for
growth. Life experiences in childhood are known to inform the
in
				
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Description: The study investigated the incidence of child abuse in the contemporary society. It examined the dimension of the incidence whether it is a fact or a farce. 300 participants, from school of Nursing, Midwifery and Medical Laboratory of Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka. 285 females and 15 males freely participated. Age range was (20-26) years with a mean age of 23 years. An instrument called Incidence of child Abuse Inventory (ICAI) developed and validated by the researcher was used. The scale has three dimensions, physical, mental and moral dimensions. Results showed that there was significant influence of physical dimension on child abuse. F(1, 293)= 207.73 P<.001, mental dimension was significant. F (1,293)= 55.45 P<.001 moral dimension was significant 7(1,293) = 209.94. P<.001. In the interaction effect physical x mental dimension was significant = F (1,293) = 21.41 P<.002. Physical x moral dimension was significant = F (1,293) = 14.52 P<.002. Physical x mental x moral dimension was significant F (2,293) = 10.61 P<.04. The findings affirm that the incidence of child abuse is a fact and not a farce and many factors are sustaining it. It recommended that adult human beings should eschew all forms of behaviour that militate against the child's well being and survival. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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