n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Public perception of street children in Ibadan, Nigeria

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Across the urban areas of Nigeria, there are many children working and or living on the street. While their predicament is visible and obvious, the societal perception can help reverse or perpetuate their situations. Drawing on recorded interview with residents, parents and professionals, this study examines the public perception of street children in Ibadan, Nigeria. The content analysis of data shows that urban residents' perception of street children is shrouded in negativity. It was also revealed that the problem of street children persists largely as a result of parents' perception of children as useful "helping hands" or as "mini adults" who are capable of supplementing family income. The professional perceptions of street children have been useful in understanding the persistency of child streetism in our society. As a measure to help reverse the negativities attached to the phenomenon of street children, the study enlighten the general public to change their negative perception of these children and see them as victims of institutional, parental and societal failures. The parents are also advised to behave to their responsibilities and protect their children's right to education, association and health.

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