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CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN GYEL DISTRICT OF JOS SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, PLATEAU STATE

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CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY

The menace of child abuse and neglect has become a household name in the Nigerian society today. It is evident that child and abuse has significant effect on the child development in most of the communities in Nigeria especially the rural communities.

Children are seen as assets to parents and government because they are human resources that any society can boast of, therefore, parents and government invest in them in order to obtain better tomorrow. This can be achieved however, if their early child socialization is devoid of harmful cultural practices that crippled their chances of survival, development and participation.

According to Ejikeme (1987) stated that child abuse as a problem arising from the intention of an adult to carry out an act that is inimical or detrimental to the physical, intellectual, language, emotional, moral and social development of a child; while child neglect which involves some degree of deprivation refers to an intentional failure of an adult to perform physical, cognitive, moral and social development of a child However, it is imperative to note in this premise that what constitute child maltreatment in one society may not be considered same in another society, this is because of cultural differences an belief, practices. From the above, it will be important to trace the fact that there might be different factors that caused child abuse and neglect since the application of cultural ideology is not universal; that is, it changes across societies.

However, different forms of child maltreatment exist like: child trafficking, street begging, street hawking, child discrimination or child preference, early marriage, prostitution, child labour, use of virgin girl-child for ritual/sacrifice etc. despite tangible evidences or empirical indicators of child abuse and neglect, it is difficult to measure.

This is so because it is recognized as a major social problem that occurs in all levels of social class, race, religion and ethnic groups. It is important to note that the practice of child abuse and neglect is supported by government indirectly when the individual is seen as a product of the society.

Poor socio-economic status of parents trace its roots through unemployment and destitution as government does not address social inequality, unemployment and poverty amongst its citizens, instead people in position work towards actualizing their selfish ends and those who cannot meet the society values through the legitimate means result to deviance and crime as postulated by Robert K. Merton, Alemika and Best (1988) argues that our past successive state Governors/Administrators both military and Politicians, business individuals, foreigners etc who loot billions of Naira from the country’s treasury and precipitate years of economic crisis, political instability etc are hardly arrested, prosecuted nor jailed, instead they are rewarded with Chieftaincy tittles, honorary degrees, ministerial appointments, contracts and the like. However the study in this regard wishes to examine child abuse and neglect using Gyel district of Jos South local government area as the case study.

  1. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

what really instigated the study on child abuse and neglect was due to the increase in the level of child maltreatment like; child abandonment, child abduction, child trafficking, street begging, street hawking, child labour, prostitution, early marriage and the like, deteriote and cause a total decay of the society. This foster insecurity and anarchy as a result of inadequate means of meeting legitimate goals or values of the society. This jeopardizes not only the immediate children but further endangers our future continuum and a tactical genocidal wipe of humanity since child maltreatment maimed the survival, development and participation of the child.

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

The research at glance intent to critically analyzes, appraises and examines the impact of negative attributes of child abuse and neglect on the individual, families and the society. The specific objectives are:

  1. Determine the impact of child abuse and neglect on the child in Gyel district of Jos South local government
  2. Determine the relationship between child abuse, child neglect and crime in Gyel district of Jos South local government
  3. Determine the roles of parents and government in curbing the menace in Gyel district of Jos South local government
  4. Determine the influence of culture in propagating child abuse and neglect in Gyel district of Jos South local government
  5. Make appropriate recommendations to the government.
    1. RESEARCH QUESTIONS

The study came up with research questions so as to ascertain the above stated objectives. The research questions for the study are stated below as follows:

  1. What is the impact of child abuse and neglect on the child in Gyel district of Jos South local government?
  2. What is the relationship between child abuse, child neglect and crime in Gyel district of Jos South local government?
  3. What are the roles of parents and government in curbing the menace in Gyel district of Jos South local government?
  4. What is the influence of culture in propagating child abuse and neglect in Gyel district of Jos South local government?

1.5 STATEMENT OF RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

H0: there is no significant relationship between child abuse, neglect and social well being of children in Gyel district of Jos South local government

H1: there is significant relationship between child abuse, neglect and social well being of children in Gyel district of Jos South local government

  1. SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY

Child abuse and child neglect are social problems that affects a significant number of people about which something need to be done. This menace deters technological advancement and waste a lot of wisdom and talents. This study however, would help reduce the number of people affected through adequate mobilization and campaign against this catastrophe. This study would also help in legislating against the catastrophe. This study would provide a data bank that serve as literature for further use by scholars.

  1. SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS OF STUDY

This study was restricted to Gyel district of Jos south local government area; this is to provide the researcher access to sample a particular target population to ensure meaningful


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