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Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
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Research Article

An Investigation of the Contributing Factors to Adolescent Deviant Behaviours in Rural Community Day Secondary Schools with Respect to the Social and Environmental Aspects

Milliward J. Nkhata and Marisen Mwale*

Department of Psychology, Mzuzu University, Malawi

*Corresponding Author:
Marisen Mwale
Department of Psychology
Mzuzu University, Malawi
Tel: +265 1 320 722
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: August 25, 2016; Accepted Date: November 07, 2016; Published Date: November 12, 2016

Citation: Nkhata MJ, Mwale M (2016) An Investigation of the Contributing Factors to Adolescent Deviant Behaviours in Rural Community Day Secondary Schools with Respect to the Social and Environmental Aspects. J Child Adolesc Behav 4:319. doi: 10.4172/2375-4494.1000319

Copyright: © 2016 Nkhata MJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Cases of deviant behaviours among adolescents are rampant. The question that arises is as to what actually perpetuates deviance among adolescents. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches in designs and it was conducted in the Central region of Malawi in Dowa district. Data was collected using questionnaires and oral interviews, and it was analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively. It was established that parenting techniques, peer group influence and school environment could contribute to adolescent deviant behaviours and that through counselling, discipline could be installed in schools. It was reported that adolescents were involved in deviant acts for the sake of conformity because they see their friends doing the same. Adolescents behave antisocially to be accepted and for association. At school adolescents get affected in one way or the other as they are socialised either positively or negatively by their fellow students and teachers. Counselling is identified as the proper and effective way of minimising delinquency among school going adolescents. Parents should provide parental care to their children. Schools should be located in conducive environments and students and teachers must observe social distance between them.


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