Pyrex Journal of Psychology and Counseling (PJPC)

May 2016 Vol. 2(4), pp. 21-27

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Impact of divorce on adolescent students in Ghana

1Prince Yaw Adofo and 2*Y. K. A. Etsey

1Baptist University College, Kumasi.
2Department of Educational Foundations, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.

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Accepted 13th April, 2016


The purpose of this study was to determine the impact parental divorce has on adolescent students in Senior High Schools in Ghana and whether gender differences exist in the impact as well as the internalizing and externalizing types of behaviours. The participants comprised of adolescent students from four Senior High Schools in Obuasi Municipality in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. A purposive sample of 396 students consisting of 198 males and 198 females participated in the study. The cross-sectional descriptive survey, using a questionnaire, was adopted in collecting the data. The questionnaire had Cronbach’s alpha of 0.84. The results of the study indicated that parental divorce greatly impacted both male and female adolescents. Male adolescents showed more internalizing and externalizing behaviours than female adolescents. It is recommended that counselling be given to adolescent students in schools from divorced homes and that teachers should make efforts to identify such adolescent students. Parents should also be sensitized on the impact of divorce on their children.

Keywords: Impact of divorce, externalizing behaviour, internalizing behaviour.

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