Influence of Child Abuse on Secondary School Students Academic Performance

56 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2020

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Ekpeyong Ibok

University of Calabar (UNICAL)

Date Written: February 2, 2020


This study was basically design to investigate the influence of child abuse on students’ academic performance in Biology in Calabar Municipality of Cross River State. The study was triggered off by the poor academic performance among SS2 students in Biology, in the research area. Four null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The research design used was survey design. Literature related to the variables under study was reviewed according to the variables of the study. A research instruments used were questionnaire and achievement test in Biology. The result of the analysis using Pearson Product Moment Correlation shows that, child emotional abuse, child neglect, physical abuse, family marital status significantly relate to students’ academic performance in Biology. Based on the finding of the study, it was recommended that the Cross River State Government should make provisions for this children being abused and penalties to be faced by their guardians. This reduce rate of child abuse and enhancing students’ academic achievement.

Keywords: Child abuse, academic achievement, emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse

Suggested Citation

Ibok, Ekpeyong, Influence of Child Abuse on Secondary School Students Academic Performance (February 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Ekpeyong Ibok (Contact Author)

University of Calabar (UNICAL) ( email )

PMB 1115
Faculty of Social Sciences
Calabar, AK Cross River State 540402

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