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A critical study of Juvenile Delinquencies and its implications for selected churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state

TABLE OF CONTENT                     

Chapter One        

1.1     Background of the Study

1.2     Statement of problems

1.3     Purpose of study

1.4     Significance of the study

1.5     Research Question

1.6     Scope of the study

1.7     Definition of terms

Chapter Two       

Literature review

Chapter Three     

3.1     Research Methodology

3.2     Sample Study

3.3     Sample and Sampling

3.4     Sample Techniques

3.5     Research Instrument

3.6     Population

3.7     Administration of instrument

3.8     Method of analysis

Chapter Four       

Data Presentation and Analysis

Chapter Five        

Summary

Recommendations

Conclusion

References          

Appendix

 

Abstract

This study was on a critical study of Juvenile Delinquencies and its implications for selected churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state.  The total population for the study is 200 members of selected churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made pastors, elders, deacons and members were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies.

Chapter one

Introduction

1.1Background of the study

Juvenile Delinquency is a major concern worldwide. Juvenile Delinquency is one of the major issues relating to causes ranging from war and unemployment to parental incapacity (UN, 1950). Statistical data in many countries show that delinquency is largely a group phenomenon. Between two-thirds and three-quarters of all offences committed by young people are committed by members of gangs or groups, which can vary from highly structured criminal organizations to less structured street gangs. Even those young people who commit offences alone are likely to be associated with groups (United Nation). Juvenile Delinquency is widely considered a complex problem that exacts a substantial and continuing toll on the society (Mulvey et al., 1997). It occurs in both simple and complex societies and is often a result of affected relationships between a group of individualsleading to maladjustment and conflict (Haque, 2012). Abotchie (1997) posits that, for societies with accepted modes of conduct, deviance is predictable. Juvenile Delinquency is a serious challenge to the family, public safety, the lives of young people themselves and law enforcement agencies at large. This means that the country would have to bear a lot of cost in dealing with issues of crime. It is a major challenge most children go through regularly and this to a large extent affects their physical, psychological and societal needs at large (Brown, 2005). According to UN Centre for Societal Development and Humanitarian Affairs (2000), delinquency has increased because of political, social and economic instability across Africa. To this end, juvenile delinquency is a situation every country tries to curb not losing sight of the fact that if young offenders are not nurtured well, they may grow to become criminals (Hess and Drowns, 2010; Kuanliang et al., 2008; Austin et al., 2000; Johnson, 1999). For years this thought provoking question has been rigorously debated by criminologists, sociologists, and more recently economists. It has become increasingly important in our current economy to find ways to curb the rising crime and juvenile delinquency costs. States are currently spending about fifty billion a year on corrections, and that estimate is projected to grow by an additional twenty-five billion over the next five years (Vratil and Whitmire, 2008). Recently, juveniles have played a growing role in these increasing costs. In 2004, sixteen percent of all police arrests involved juveniles (Clear, Cole, and Reisig, 2009). It is important to address this pressing issue now because delinquent youths are more likely to have an adult criminal record, and these adolescents are the future human capital of our society (Clear, Cole, and Reisig, 2009).

Based on this study the researcher wants to investigate juvenile delinquencies and its implications for selected churches

Statement of the problem

The foregoing studies are among numerous studies that highlight the problem of juvenile delinquency. This challenge begs the question: What is being done to address juvenile delinquency at its onset before it escalates into serious crime and possible persistent misbehaviour? Marte (2008: 2-4) also concurs with other researchers that early childhood delinquency has the likelihood of persisting throughout adolescence and adulthood. In concurrence with Marte, Brandt (2006: 134) used the lyrics, “Gee, officer Krupke’’, alluded to earlier on, not only as his epigraph to his book, but also to highlight the numerous psychological and social origins of adolescent problem behaviour. He asserts that the fight against antisocial behaviour lies in tracing the origin of the various forms of behaviour that affect adolescents.

 

Objective of the study

The objectives of the study are;

  1. Ascertain the implications of juvenile delinquencies in churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state
  2. To ascertain the experiences of churches on juvenile delinquency in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state
  3. To describe the nature, extent and causes of the problem in the church in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state

Research hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

H0there are no implications of juvenile delinquencies in churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state.

H1: there are implications of juvenile delinquencies in churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state.

 H02: there is no nature, extent and causes of the problem in the church in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state.

H2: there is nature, extent and causes of the problem in the church in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state

 Significance of the study

The study will be very significant to student and churches. The study will give a clear insight on the A critical study of Juvenile Delinquencies and its implications for selected churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state. The study will give insight on the causes and nature of juvenile delinquencies in churches. The study will also serve as a reference to other researcher that will embark on the related topic

Scope and limitation of the study

The scope of the study covers a critical study of Juvenile Delinquencies and its implications for selected churches in owo-ope community in Gbongan Ayedaade LGA osun state. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

  1. a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
  2. b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study

Definition of Terms

Delinquent: It is a person who deviates from or violated the stipulated law that guides code of conduct of a particular country or society.

Juvenile Delinquency: Andy (1960:30) defined it as any social deviation by a youth from the societal norms which results in his contact with law enforcement agents. It is an act committed by a young person who violated the stipulated law of that country or society.

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