Fabianmartins Obungwah


This study examined emotional intelligence and delinquent behaviour among secondary school students in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. A correlational research design was adopted for the study. Three purposes of study, three research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. The population of the study consisted of all the senior secondary school students in the 20 senior secondary schools in Obio/Akpor Local Government area. The population was 17,227. The instrument was subjected to face validity by the researcher's supervisor and two experts in the field of Measurement and Evaluation. The reliability of the instruments was determined through the use of the Cronbach Alpha Method. The following reliability indices were obtained namely: SEII(r=0.67) and SDBI (r=0.80). Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to answer all the research questions and also used to test all the hypotheses. Results of the hypotheses were tested for significance at 0.05 alpha level. The finding of the study revealed that self-awareness, social awareness and emotional maturity had no significant relationship with delinquent behaviour of students as such the three hypotheses stated in null form were retained. Based on these findings, it was concluded that proper self-awareness, social awareness and emotional maturity as part of emotional intelligence play some major role in students’ delinquent behaviour in secondary schools. Recommendations were made, that teachers should acquire adequate information about students and help students in managing their emotions, policymakers should formulate educational programmes with specific reference to emotional intelligence to address student’s antisocial behavioural tendencies.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejes.v9i2.4184


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