Incidence of sexual and psycho-social abuse of girl child in Birnin Kebbi and Jega towns, Nigeria


Shehu Haruna Muza
Mairo Danjuma


Introduction: Girl-child’s sexual and psycho-social abuse is an important social problem worldwide which affects the physical, mental, psychological health of a girl-child, these incidences occurs in homes, families, schools, communities, and other places where girl-child should feel safe.

Purpose: This paper was designed to investigate the incidence of sexual and psycho-social abuse of girl child in Birnin Kebbi and Jega towns. Two hypotheses were raised to guide the study.

Methodology: Descriptive survey design was employed in the study. The population of the study comprised of the entire SSSII students from eight public girls secondary schools in Birnin Kebbi and Jega towns. A sample of 300 students was drawn from the population of 3,017. Stratified random sampling was used to determine the sample size of each school in the quantitative approach. Simple random sampling was used to select the actual students that participated in the study. Girl Child Abuse Questionnaire (GCAQ) was adopted to collect the data. Experts in the relevant field validated the instrument, while the reliability coefficient was established using Cronbach Alpha at coefficient of 0.79.

Results/Findings: Based on the result of the study, significant difference existed in hypotheses 1-2. The study found that Birnin Kebbi town is more prone to abuse than Jega town.

Recommendations: It was recommended that parents should discipline children with love in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity so as to avoid the rate at which girls are involved in sexual assault and sexual abuse.


How to Cite
Muza, S. H. ., & Danjuma, M. (2021). Incidence of sexual and psycho-social abuse of girl child in Birnin Kebbi and Jega towns, Nigeria. Journal of Educational Research in Developing Areas, 1(3), 240-247.


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