oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Forms of child neglect practised among market women in Enugu (Nigeria)

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



Child Neglect has hardly been concretely determined and research on the topic is scarce. This study was to determine the nature and extent of child neglect in women with full employment. Five hundred and fifty market women randomly selected from the major markets in Enugu were interviewed. A questionnaire measuring child neglect was developed from literature review and common sense. It covers different forms of child neglect: inadequate feeding, inadequate general body care, inadequate supervision, educational neglect, medical neglect and emotional neglect. From 550 market women interviewed only 234 had children between 3-10 years of age; the number of such children who lived with their mothers were 491. Data on these children and their mothers were used for analysis. It was found that the percentage of children who suffered neglect is large enough to cause some concern. Attention is drawn through this study to the area of child neglect so that preventive and remedial actions can be taken.

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