INFLUENCE OF MATERNAL ACCEPTANCE ON SELFESTEEM AS EXPRESSED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN KWARA STATE

  • Lasiele Alabi Yahaya University of Ilorin
  • Adenike Adeboye University of Ilorin
Keywords: Maternal Acceptance, Parental Attitude, Self-esteem, School-going, Adolescents, Influence

Abstract

Early intimacy between the mother and the child makes the mother the most significant person in
the life of the child. Thus, maternal acceptance plays an inestimable role in the process of child’s
personality development. This study therefore investigated the influence of maternal acceptance
on self-esteem as expressed by secondary school students in Kwara State. Simple random
sampling technique was adopted for the selection of 450 respondents that participated in the
study. The instrument used for the study was a questionnaire tagged ‘‘Influence of Maternal
Acceptance on Self-Esteem Questionnaire’’ (IMASEQ).The instrument consisted of 20 items
which elicited information from the randomly selected respondents. The main research question
that was generated for the study sought to establish the influence of maternal acceptance on the
self-esteem as expressed by secondary school students .The findings revealed that maternal
acceptance has positive influence on the self-esteem and this helps the students to develop self
confidence and improve on their academic achievements. Two null hypotheses were formulated
and tested and the data collected were analyzed using frequency counts, simple percentages, ttest
and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).The null hypotheses generated were tested at 0.05 alpha
level of significance. The results indicated that gender and class level did not influence the views
of the respondents. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that School
Counsellors should organize talks with parents especially on the importance of maternal
acceptance to school-going adolescents. It was also recommended that various agencies should
organize seminars on the need for adequate maternal acceptance. Thus, Government agencies
and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) should put in place Community Counselling
programmes to sensitize parents on their roles

Author Biography

Lasiele Alabi Yahaya, University of Ilorin



Published
2018-08-22