Relationship between Perceptions of Parental Punitive Discipline and Involvement in Delinquent Behaviours among Selected Kenyan Secondary School Students

Authors

  • N. Scolastica Kariuki
  • Peter J.O. Aloka
  • Haniel Nyaga Gatumu
  • Ciriaka Gitonga

Abstract

The study investigated the relationship between perceptions of parental punitive discipline and involvement in non-illegal and minor-illegal delinquent behaviours among selected secondary school students in Nairobi County, Kenya. A correlational survey design was employed and the participants comprised 219 females and 191 male students selected by use of stratified and simple random sampling methods. Data was collected using a questionnaire. The study reported that there is a statistically significant positive relationship between parental corporal punishment and adolescents’ non-illegal delinquent behaviours. However, parental corporal punishment did not significantly relate to adolescents’ involvement in minor- illegal delinquent behaviours. The study recommended that parents should avoid use of punitive disciplining strategies which influenced adolescents’ non-illegal delinquent behaviours.

DOI: 10.5901/jesr.2015.v5n1p329

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Published

2015-01-09

How to Cite

Kariuki, N. S., Aloka, P. J., Gatumu, H. N., & Gitonga, C. (2015). Relationship between Perceptions of Parental Punitive Discipline and Involvement in Delinquent Behaviours among Selected Kenyan Secondary School Students. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 5(1), 329. Retrieved from https://www.richtmann.org/journal/index.php/jesr/article/view/5627

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