Bello Emmanuel Nyamshidon, Grace Ohenene Legbeti, Agnes Oyejere Okorie


Child abuse is a major social problem in our society today where millions of children are being forced to work on extremely difficult circumstances of exploitation which affect their physical mental developments. It is against this background that the study investigated he influence of child abuse on self-esteem among adolescents in Chikun LGA, Kaduna State. This study was a cross sectional survey design method with a sample of 360 participants chosen using the simple random sampling technique. Two scales were used to collect data for this study. Hypothesis revealed that R-squared value is 0.255, which means that 25.5% of the variation in self-esteem can be explained by the predictor variables. The F-value is 5.99, which means that the overall regression model is statistically significant at p < 0.05. The beta coefficients showed the direction and magnitude of the effect of each predictor variable on self-esteem, holding other variables constant. The study recommended that counsellors in both private and public schools need to focus attention in assisting adolescents suffering from the effects of child abuse and develop positive and healthy self-esteem.


Influence, Child Abuse, Self-esteem, Adolescents, Contemporary Society.

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