Saidu Yunusa, Mohammed Ahmad Jibrin, Abdulrazaq Nuhu


Juvenile delinquency has become such a complex and social problem that hinders students from realizing their full potentials and also leads to moral decadence among senior secondary school students in Nasarawa State. These Juvenile delinquencies such as cultism, smoking, alcoholism, aggression, theft, harassment, disrespect to parents, teachers’ assault among others are to a large extent influenced by students’ family background and peer relation.  This research was carried out to examine the interrelationship among family background, peer relation and juvenile delinquency of senior secondary schools students in Nasarawa State based on gender. The study was had one objective, one corresponding research question and a null hypothesis. The objective of the study aimed at examining the interrelationship among family background, peer relation and juvenile delinquency of senior secondary schools students in Nasarawa State based on gender. The study adopted a correlational research design and the population of the study was 21875 with a sample size of 378 (266 males and 112 females). Multi-stage stratified random sampling technique was used to chosen the sample of the study. Questionnaire tagged “Family Background, Peer Relation and Juvenile Delinquency (FBPR&JDQ) was used as an instrument for data collection. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviations while the null hypothesis were tested at 0.05 level of significant using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (PPMC). The findings of the study showed a significant interrelationship among family background, peer relation and juvenile delinquency among secondary school students in Nasarawa State regardless of gender. It was therefore recommended that Parents should closely monitor their children so as to guide them from moving with notorious groups and also make sure that harmony, peace, love, obedience, honesty, equity, and justice are provided to all the members of the family regardless of gender


Family background, Juvenile delinquency, peer relation, Gender.

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