The Impact of Gender, Family Type and Age on Undergraduate Parents’ Perception of Causes of Sexual Abuse

  •  Anna Onoyase    


The purpose of this study was to investigate the Impact of Gender, Family type and Age on undergraduate parents’ perception of causes of child Sexual Abuse. Three hypotheses were formulated and tested. There was a review of relevant literature. The population for the study were 2014 sandwich contact students of Delta State University, Abraka who were about 2000 in number. The sample size of 303 was drawn using the stratified random sampling technique. The instrument for this study was a questionnaire and it had face, content and construct validity from expert judgment and factor analysis. The reliability was assessed with Cronbach Alpha statistics and yielded an r value of 0.90. The data was analysed with t-test statistics and the results revealed that variables of gender and age have no impact on undergraduate parents’ perception of causes of child sexual abuse. But family type has impact on their perception of the causes of child sexual abuse. Recommendations made include the followings: that counselors should organize parents’ conferences and use such fora to enlighten parents on their roles to their children or wards in terms of provision of basic needs as well as supervising and monitoring them, the government should provide students with adequate learning materials so as to reduce the financial burden on parents and thus enhance their care for their children.

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