EFFECT OF BROKEN HOME ON SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT EMOTIONAL ADJUSTMENT

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background to the Study

Emotional adjustment can be described as the behavioural process by which human being maintains equilibrium among their various need or between their need and the obstacle of environments. Mallinckrodt (1994). A sequence of adjustment begins when a need is felt and ends when it is satisfied. Hungry individuals, for instance are stimulated by their physiological state to seek food. Therefore, they reduce the stimulating condition that impelled them to activity and there by adjust to this particular need, emotional adjustment is an important task because adjustment during emotions leads to a normal behavior where as maladjustment leads abnormal behaviour. (Baker & Sriyk, 1984b) The concept of adjustment refers to an individual‘s general adaptation to his environment and the demands of life such as the way he relates to other people that is interpersonal behaviour, handle his responsibility, deals with stress and meet his own needs and life‘s satisfaction. The society is dynamic and change is the only constant thing, so the individual‘s ability to review his attitude and behaviour is an essential ingredient of adjustment, Emotion on the other hand is described as the prime movers of behaviour. Human being is considered as a rational being, but in the grip of emotions people behave like immature. Some people may breakdown completely, others cannot take proper decision and many people even collapse in severe emotional arousal.

Statement of the Problem

In Nigerian society, children are sometimes exposed at an early age to all sorts of dangers arising from malnutrition, diseases and various temptations of surviving due to the absence of one or both of their parents. Student’s life in broken homes is observed by research to be associated with emotional stress that can impair intellectual development, thereby giving way for such children to grow up without being trained properly. However, the absence of one or both parents deprives young children of the stable love, care, security and total support they have been accustomed to. They also tend to make children different in the eyes of their peer group. If children are asked where the missing 4 parent is or why they have a new parent to replace the missing parents, they become embarrassed and ashamed. They may also feel guilty and may think they are unwanted by the society. Such stressful situations can lead to emotional and intellectual imbalance in growing children. Hence, it becomes necessary to investigate the relationship between broken homes and emotional adjustment with a view to minimizing them for emotional wellbeing of children in our society.

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