Prevalence and Forms of Sexual Harassment of Girls by Male Students of Secondary Schools in Ohafia LGA, Abia State
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages: 433-444
Received: Mar. 28, 2015; Accepted: Apr. 10, 2015; Published: May 23, 2015
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Pamella Chima Uduma, Department of Health and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
Effiong S. Samuel, Department of Health and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
Olaoluwa Samson Agbaje, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Madonna University Elele, Rivers State, Nigeria
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The study investigated prevalence and forms of sexual harassment of girls by male students of secondary schools in Ohafia Local Government Area-LGA, Abia State. Five specific objectives with corresponding research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The cross-sectional survey research design was used for the study. The multi-stage sampling procedure was used to draw a sample of 600 out of 2,400 girls who enrolled in secondary schools during 2011/2012 academic session. Two instruments were used for data collection: A researcher-designed instrument titled Questionnaire on Prevalence and Forms of Sexual Harassment of Girls (QPFSHG) and Sexual Harassment of Girls Focus Group Discussion Guide (SHGFGDG). Split–half method was used to determine the reliability of the entire instrument (QPFSHG) using Spearman–Brown correction formula statistic. Also, Kuder-Richardson-20 formula was used to establish the inter-item reliability co-efficient of the subscale which had nominal data. The reliability co-efficient obtained for the subscale was .77. The data collected were analyzed using frequency and percentage. The hypotheses were tested using Chi-square (2) statistic at .05 level of significance. Based on the findings, the researchers recommended among others that the school authority should establish an office for reporting cases of sexual harassment where confidentiality should be entrenched to encourage victims to lodge complaints and also, there is need to educate girls about sexuality, and human rights. Furthermore, commensurate punitive actions should be taken against sexual harassment offenders when convicted to serve as deterrence to other male students.
Keywords
Sexuality, Harassment, Advocacy, Vulnerability, Sexual Coercion
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Pamella Chima Uduma, Effiong S. Samuel, Olaoluwa Samson Agbaje, Prevalence and Forms of Sexual Harassment of Girls by Male Students of Secondary Schools in Ohafia LGA, Abia State, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2015, pp. 433-444. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150303.30
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