Peer pressure socio-econic status and delinquency among teenages of Bweyale town council
Adeke, Esther Lucy
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The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between peer pressure, socio-economic status and delinquency among teenagers of Bweyale town council in Kiryandogo district. The study targeted 150 teenagers, 74 males and 77 females and a qualitative research design; correlational method was adopted to establish the relationship between the variables. A purposefully constructed self-administered questionnaires were used to collect data from the 150 respondents. Collected data was analyzed using Statistical package for social sciences (SPSS-24) and Pearson correlation coefficient (r) was used to test the level of significance of the hypothesis. Results show that there is no significant positive relationship between peer pressure and delinquency among teenagers (r= .144, p= .104), socio economic status and delinquency among teenagers also has no significant relationship (r=-.121, p=.150). Negative value means that as socio economic status increases, delinquency decreases. The results also show that there is no significant relationship between peer pressure and socio-economic status among teenagers (r=-.057, p=.515). Negative value means that those who give in to peer pressure have low socio-economic statuses. The study recommend that the school should have counselling services to make sure that these teenagers are not punished but rather treated. The study also recommends that the school pays attention to male students and the entire senior three students who may be more prone to peer pressure than their counterparts. The parents, care givers and the entire school, government and other stake holders should also be made aware about the impact of delinquency so that holistic approach in handling teenagers is derived.