1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
According to Onyehalu (1986), the family is the adolescent model. The social learning theory provides a comprehensive picture of the role of parents in socializing children. Children can learn the patents’ norms and value system through imitation and modeling (Imaobong, 2002). Onyehalu (1986) study on juvenile delinquency found that family background is directly associated to juvenile delinquency. It was striking that if parents do not appear to be living, loving, and empathetic, the child would always develop a negative opinion of himself, which may predispose the child to disciplinary difficulties. According to Okon (1994), teenagers raised in cold families are more prone to engage in vagrant and deviant behavior such as truancy, drinking, and drug use. Juvenile delinquency, antisocial behavior, and other antisocial vices are blamed on dysfunctional families. According to Christian (2005) and Kalu (2008) studies, teenage antisocial behavior derives from a family context. By extension, parental roles can either help or hinder an adolescent’s socialization process, of which moral value instillation is a component. (Zimmermann, 1973; Power, 1988; Eyo, 2002; and Kalu, 2009).
According to Kalu (2008), there are numerous family kinds distinguishable in Nigeria.
There are monogamous and polygamous households, as well as many family arrangements that are both intact and broken. Parents’ words, acts, and beliefs would have a significant impact on youths development, even in infancy (Hedenbro & Rydelius, 2019; Lamb et al., 2002). Involving parents in their youths lives not only raises accomplishment (Nevski & Siibak, 2016; Pineda et al., 2018), but also allows parents to better understand their children. The following are the advantages of parental involvement: Some researchers believed that parental involvement in youths lives can promote youths social–emotional development (Hedenbro & Rydelius, 2019; Langevine, 2020); improve academic achievement (Daniel et al., 2016; Epstein, 2018; Otani, 2019; Puccioni, 2018), particularly linguistic achievement (Tan et al., 2019); and promote better grades, test scores, school attendance (Epstein, 2018; Mata et al (Epstein, 2018).
Single-parent households earn less than two-parent households on average, making it more difficult for them to provide the financial resources to meet their children’s needs. Because single parents must balance job and child-rearing, it may be more difficult for them to offer and maintain a supportive environment for their children (OECD/UNESCO, 2003). Such families face the obstacles of reduced financial resources, the assumption of new duties and responsibilities, the formation of new patterns in intra-family contact, and the reorganization of routines and schedules (Agulanna, 1999). These circumstances do not lend itself to effective parenting. This is due to the fact that when a single parent is overburdened by responsibilities and their own emotional reaction to their position, they frequently become irritable, impatient, and oblivious to their children’s needs, which can lead to the child’s involvement in ritualism.
Ritual killings or human sacrifice can simply be defined as the act of murdering (human) life to satisfy the deities or for spiritual and magical advantages. The deities are thus expected to provide solutions and succour to the perpetuators’ yearnings and aspirations by providing advantages like as transformation, immortality, healing, and societal cleaning. However, criminologists and psychiatrists have stated that the causes for ritual killings can be interpreted from various angles. Of recent, this distasteful acts are committed by youths. Here, one wonders where the parents are or why they are not playing their roles effectively. It is against this backdrop that this study seeks to evaluate parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
These days, many parents shy away from being involved and using disciplinary measures as corrective instruments toward the remedying of children’s bad or unwanted behaviour in the society. Because of this, child’s negligence or avoidance of parental control through disciplinary actions (discipline), most children these days grow up to lack emotional adjustment (Epstein, 2018). Children nowadays, do not exhibit positive emotional adjustment, they do not feel bad whenever they do wrong or step upon the recommended norms or values stipulated in the society as laid down rules and regulations (Hedenbro & Rydelius, 2019). This kind of hardened behaviour by our youth, have caused negative effects in the society (Hedenbro & Rydelius, 2019). Most parents themselves engage in cultism thereby rubbing it on their children who grow up to believe that it is only right to join cultism (Hedenbro & Rydelius, 2019). For the fact that youth do not feel bad about the wrong attitude due to the actions they see their parents exhibit, this has resulted into wayward behaviour amongst which are: cultism, prostitution; armed robbery; lying, stealing; fraudulent activities; examination malpractices; raping; disrespect and disobedience to the authorities of the parents and significant others in the society. This study therefore, focuses on parental influence on youths involvement in ritualism.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism. Specifically but not limited to, other objectives of this study are:
i. To determine the extent of parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism,
ii. To examine the level parents education influences on youth involvement in ritualism,
iii. To determine the role of parents religious beliefs on youth involvement in ritualism and
iv. To determine the extent parents socioeconomic status influences youth involvement in ritualism.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
The following research questions which are in line with the objectives of this study will be answered in this study:
i. To what extent is parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism?
ii. To what level do parents level of education influence youth involvement in ritualism?
iii. Does parents religious beliefs play a role on youth involvement in ritualism?
iv. To what extent does parents socioeconomic status influence youth involvement in ritualism?
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
With this study, it is hoped that the findings of this research work will help parents realize their influence on youths involvement in ritualism. The study will contribute immensely to the society as it will highlight the importance of good parenting and the influence parents have on their children.
Furthermore, this study will serve as a material for researchers who may for one reason or the other carryout research on topics related the one under study.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study will be focusing on an evaluation of parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism. Specifically, it will be focusing on determining the extent of parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism, examining the level parents education influences on youth involvement in ritualism, determining the role of parents religious beliefs on youth involvement in ritualism and determining the extent parents socioeconomic status influences youth involvement in ritualism.
In addition, this study will be using residents of Ikorodu in Lagos State as respondents for its survey.
1.7 LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
This study will be limited to evaluating parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism. Specifically, it will be limited to determining the extent of parental influence on youth involvement in ritualism, examining the level parents education influences on youth involvement in ritualism, determining the role of parents religious beliefs on youth involvement in ritualism and determining the extent parents socioeconomic status influences youth involvement in ritualism.
In addition, this study will be limited to Ikorodu in Lagos State thus further research is needed if the findings of this study is to be used anywhere else.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Evaluation: the making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment.
Youth: Youth is the time of life when one is young, and often means the time between childhood and adulthood. It is also defined as “the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young”.
Ritualism: the regular observance or practice of ritual, especially when excessive or without regard to its function.