The influence of socio-cultural variables on proneness to lesbianism among female adults in Lagos Metropolis
This study investigated the influence of socio-cultural variables on proneness to lesbianism among female adults in Lagos Metropolis. A structured questionnaire was designed for the purpose of collecting data by the investigator. The questionnaire was administered on 150 female adults drawn from two local government areas in Lagos State which include Ikeja Local Government (the staff of Police Children School and Sogunle Primary School) and Mainland Local Government Area (Sandwish Students offering Guidance and Counselling, and Educational Psychology in Educational Foundations Department, Faculty of education, University of Lagos). The Pearson Product Moment Correlation Co-efficient and t-test were used to test the five hypothesis generated for testing in this study. The findings revealed that three of the five hypotheses – peer group pressure, sexual gratification and mass media - tested established the influence of socio-cultural variables on proneness to lesbianism among the female adults while the remaining two – ethnicity and beliefs/customs - do not. As a result, three of the hypotheses are accepted. To further ascertain the degree of these variables, other silent factors have been examined under the discussion on findings which elucidate the slight variations of the hypotheses tested among the tribes of Nigeria. The implications of the study for guidance and counseling were also discussed to help the counselors effectively handle this unhealthy practice in our society.
Keywords: Lesbianism; Socio-cultural; Female Adults