Pyrex Journal of Psychology and Counseling (PJPC)

July 2017 Vol. 3(1), pp. 1-7

ISSN: 2985-8712

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Social Adaptability of Adolescent Students from divorce homes in Ghana

Prince Yaw Adofo1* and Y. K. A. Etsey2

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

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Accepted 25th July, 2017


The purpose of this study was to determine the social adaptability of adolescent students in Senior High Schools in Ghana and whether gender differences exist in social adaptability as well as social adaptability from the various religious backgrounds. 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 both boys and girls did not report a significant difference on social adaptability. However, adolescents of different religious affiliations and background reported corresponding different social adaptability types of behaviours, internalising types of behaviours and externalising types of behaviours. Adolescents from Muslim backgrounds adapted better psychosocially than those from Christian backgrounds after divorce. 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: Social adaptability, externalizing behaviour, internalizing behaviour.

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