Effects of Family Instability on Children’s Upbringing in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Nigeria
Izuagie, F. O., Olugbamigbe, A. O. Oyeyemi, T. C.
Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State
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This study examined the effects of family instability on children upbringing in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo state. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for the study. A 4-pont Likert scale structured questionnaire was administered on a total of 250 respondents, who were randomly sampled for the study. Findings of the study showed that family instability is a real challenge to the sustainability of a society, and that it can be caused by lack of affection, financial problems, infidelity, and differences in backgrounds. It was also found that family instability has negative implications on the children and youths behavior, emotions, mental, social, psychological, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. It was also observed that family instability posed a serious threat and danger to the academic performance and future of the children. Finally, inculcation of love, mutual respect, tolerance, confidentiality, an adoption of good communication techniques, and avoidance of criticism and interference by people outside the nuclear family are possible ways of promoting family stability. The study recommends that there should be stringent legislation on divorce, awareness and campaign against broken homes and home management/ family living programs should be be promoted by the religious institutions in the country.
Keywords: Child upbringing, academic performance, family instability.