Online ISSN: 2519-9722 | Print ISSN: 2522-6789
Volume 5 Number 8 August 2020
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS AMONG ADOLESCENT STUDENTS IN THE SOUTH WEST REGION OF CAMEROONPages: 114-134
Authors: Yaro Loveline*, Nformi Doris Jaja
Domestic violence has proven to have profound negative effects, particularly on those living within homes and communities where violence is a dominant feature. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of Domestic violence on adolescents’ development of anti-social behaviors. The Ex-post-facto design employing both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection was used in the study. A sample size of this study was made up of 150respondents (125 adolescents, and 10 parents. This study had two categories of respondents involving: adolescents and parents/guardians of children who had experience any form of violence. Convenient sampling was used to select adolescents while the snowball technique was used to supplement convenient sampling to sample parents. Data were collected through a structured questionnaire for adolescents and an interview guide for parents was used in data. A checklist was also developed by the researcher which had screening questions about 38 offenses against youth that cover five general areas of concern: (1) Conventional Crime, (2) Child Maltreatment, (3) Peer and Sibling Victimization, (4) Sexual Victimization, and (5) Witnessing and Indirect Victimization. Findings revealed that, there was a significant influence of domestic violence on development of aggressive behavioral patterns among adolescents was appraised using the Logistic Regression Model. The variability explained by this model was significant in the context within the nuclear home (Omnibus Tests of Model Coefficient: ?2=16.256; P=0.012), and within the extended family context (Omnibus Tests of Model Coefficient: ?2=14.486; P=0.042) and when combining the two contexts (Omnibus Tests of Model Coefficient: ?2=24.068; P=0.028). The Explanatory Power (EP) / Predictive Power was 14.6% (Cox & Snell R Square=0.146) within the nuclear home, slightly higher with a value of 15.6% (Cox & Snell R Square=0.156) obtained within the extended family context while the combined effect of both context (IVM) had the highest Explanatory Power of 23.1% (Cox & Snell R Square=0.231). Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that better policy should be developed to effectively regulate violence.