Gbenemene Kpae (PhD)


Deviant behavior is on the increase in many parts of Rivers State.  This behavior is not limited to the city centres but the rural communities are also experiencing high rates of deviant behaiour especially among juveniles and other young adolescents. This deviant behavior ranges from petty crimes of larceny to the more serious ones such as kidnapping and cult killing. Many of these criminal behaviours are perpetrated by adolescents from broken homes and mostly female headed households.  As the economic situation in Nigeria is altering the traditional family structure, and increasing the number of female headed households, criminal behavior tend to be higher among children raised in single parent homes where poverty is higher and parental supervision appears to be very low. This paper, therefore examines the connection between single parent household and deviant behavior among adolescents in Rivers State.


Single parenthood, Single parenting, deviance, adolescent, Rivers State

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