Religious response to violence, abuse and neglect against children in the Nigerian society

Authors

  • Maxwell Ikenna Ogbuagu Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2705/isjassr.v5i4.172

Keywords:

Nigeria, Violence, Abuse, Neglect, Child, Influence, Prevalence, Response, Religion

Abstract

Violence, Abuse and Neglect (VAN) against children are considered as adverse childhood experiences which can dramatically or dreadfully impact a person’s life experience, human disposition and health. Children from different backgrounds both in developed and developing countries of the world have fallen victims of VAN of which Nigeria is not exempted. Millions of children under the age of eighteen and below experience VAN in the family, school, street and online environment. On the other hand, right from creation, religion has an inherent interest in family life, human development and social integration. Many religious people, including teens and children look to their faith community or God for direction and practical relief in the outcome of child mishandling. Against this backdrop, the researcher’s past experience and present interest in violence, abuse and neglect against children provoke the intent and content of this scholarly work. The study explores the prevalence of violence, abuse and neglect against children in the Nigerian society by creating awareness of the prevalent nature, its implications and the role of religion in changing the old narratives about VAN. The study employs a qualitative research approach. The findings have implication for propelling further and wider in-depth research, and consequently initiating grounds for a better society and future for our children. 

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Published

2022-10-23

How to Cite

Maxwell Ikenna. (2022). Religious response to violence, abuse and neglect against children in the Nigerian society. International Scholar Journal of Arts and Social Science Research, 5(4), 609–625. https://doi.org/10.2705/isjassr.v5i4.172

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