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Direct Research Journal of Social Science and Educational Studies:Vol.5 (4), pp. 29-33, October 2018
ISSN 2449-0806

The Influence of Self-esteem, on Students’ Deviant Behaviours in Federal Universities, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA195515293

Original Research Article

Eteng, Matilda E.

Department of Educational Foundations, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

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date Received: July 30, 2018     date Accepted: September 1, 2018     date Published: September 28, 2018


This study was conducted in Federal Universities situated in Southern Nigeria to determine the influence of self esteem on student’s deviant behaviours. Research questions and hypothesis were formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted. The population of study was 69,152 students as at the time of study (2009/2010 Academic Session). The sample size was made up 1,524. The research instrument utilized for data collection was questionnaire which was constructed by the researcher, validated and administered to students. After retrieval and screened, 1,491 copies of the questionnaire were utilized. Data were analyzed using independent-t test to test the hypothesis at 5% level of significance. The findings show that there was no significant influence of  self esteem on student’s  deviant behaviours. However, there was a significant influence of students’ self esteem on their sexually related deviant behaviours. Based on the findings, some recommendations were made which includes the use of collaborative efforts in curbing sexually related deviant behaviors.

Keywords: Students self esteem, deviance, bullying, truancy, deviant behaviours