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Peer influence on the study habit of secondary school adolescents in Ogun State, Nigeria

DO Oloyede, RA Olatoye


This study investigated the influence of peer group on the study habit of secondary school adolescents. A sample of two hundred and ninety two (292) students was randomly selected from nine schools in two Local Government Areas of Ogun State. Two instruments were used to collect data. They are: Adolescents' Peer Influence Questionnaire (APIQ) and Students' Study Habit Questionnaire (SSHQ). Data was analysed using Pearson Product-Moment correlation, regression and t-test analyses. Histogram was also used to further explain findings. There was no significant relationship between peer influence and study habit (r=-0.010). Also, peer influence did not significantly predict study habit. Peer influence accounted for 0.0% of the total variance in adolescents' study habit (R Square = 0.000). There was no significant difference between male and female adolescents both in the levels of peer influence and study habit. The low relationship between the two variables was probably due to the fact that most of the interactions among adolescents peer groups are not academic.

IFE PsychologIA Vol. 13(2) 2005: 56-63
AJOL African Journals Online