Discipline Techniques and School Commitment as Predictors of Delinquency among Secondary School Students in Kwara State

Document Type : Original Article


Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin,, Ilorin, Nigeria


Delinquency among secondary school students is a substantial concern, affecting personal development and societal well-being. The period of adolescence, characterized by autonomy and identity exploration, can result in various behavioral problems, including delinquency, which can negatively impact academics and relationships. The increase in delinquent behaviors has caused concern among educators, parents, and policymakers due to the enduring consequences. This study focuses on senior secondary school students in the Kwara South Senatorial District and investigates the connections between school discipline techniques, school commitment, and delinquency. The population includes 44,149 students from seven local government areas. Using Proportional Sampling Technique, 10% of schools were chosen, resulting in a sample of 640 SS III students. Stratified random sampling selected 16 senior secondary schools, with 40 students each chosen through simple random sampling. Data collection utilized a closed-ended questionnaire with sections assessing discipline techniques, school commitment, and delinquency. Validation and pilot testing yielded a reliability index of 0.79. Study results reveal relatively low levels of school discipline and commitment among secondary school students in Kwara State, with a comparatively high level of delinquency. Both school discipline and commitment emerged as significant predictors of delinquency. The study recommends implementing fair punishment measures to enhance classroom discipline and fostering collaboration between school administration, parents, and teachers to improve school discipline. This research offers insights into the relationship between school discipline, commitment, and delinquency among school students, providing valuable strategies for improvement


Article History

Receive Date: 2023/7/25

Revise Date: 2023/8/14

Accept Date: 2023/9/18

Publish Date: 2023/9/23

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