THE IMPACT OF SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES AND AUTISM AMONG PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS PUPILS IN ONITSHA EDUCATION ZONE, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA: THE ROLES OF GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR

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THE IMPACT OF SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES AND AUTISM AMONG PRIMARY AND POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS PUPILS IN ONITSHA EDUCATION ZONE, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA: THE ROLES OF GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR

Abstract

Autism has become a common childhood behavioural disorder that can disturb a child’s success in school and interpersonal relationships. This study investigated socio-demographic variables and Autism among primary and post-primary school Pupils in Onitsha Education Zone, Anambra State. The investigation was guided by three specific objectives, research questions and hypotheses. The study used a descriptive research design and 250 school pupils were used as the sample size. An instrument known as Socio-demographic Variables and Autism Questionnaire (SAQ) was used for data collection. The instrument for data collection had reliability index of 0.78. ANOVA and independent t-test were used for analysis of data collected from the field. The result revealed that there is a significant influence of gender, birth order and socioeconomic status on Autism among primary and post-primary schools Pupils in Onitsha Education Zone, Anambra State. Based on the findings the research recommends that primary and post-primary schools teachers in Onitsha Education Zone, Anambra State should be trained on how to find out variables that could influence Autism in children and refer the pupils/patients as timely as possible. Based on the findings of this survey, the study concludes that gender, birth order and socio-economic status are socio- demographic variables that influence autism among primary and post-primary schools’ pupils in Onitsha Education Zone, Anambra State. This research recommends that Primary and post-primary school teachers in Onitsha Education Zone should be trained on how to manage or teach children with autism with utmost care. Socio-demographic variables, autism, role of guidance counsellor, primary and post-primary schools’ teachers

TABLE CONTENTS

Title Page———i

Certification——–ii

Dedication———iii

Acknowledgement——-iv

Abstract ———vi

Table of Content——–vii

 

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction ——-1

1.1. Statement of Problem——4

1.2 Purpose of the Study——5

1.3 Significance of Study——8

1.4 Limitation——–9

1.5 Scope of Study——-11

 

Chapter Two

2.0 Review of Related Literature —-12

2.6. Summary of Literature Review—- 19

 

Chapter Three

3.0 Research Methodology and Procedure—22

3.1 Population ——–22

3.2 Sample and Sampling Technique—-22

3.3 Validation of the Instrument —-23

3.4 Reliability of the Instrument —–23

3.5 Data Analysis——-23

 

Chapter Four

4.0 Presentation and Discussion of Result—24

4.1 Analysis and interpretaion of Data—25

4.2 Discussion of Results——38

 

Chapter Five

5.0. Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendation –40

5.1 Summary——–40

5.2 Conclusion——–41

5.3 Recommendation——42

References ———45

Appendix 1——–47

Appendix ———50

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