This study examined child abuse and neglect: implication on the educational development of the child, a case study of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Ideato North Section of Orlu East District, Imo State.
Five research questions were answered with four questions complementing each research question. The sample size was one hundred and fifty (150). A validated structured questionnaire was administered to the randomly selected respondents by a simple random sampling technique. One hundred and fifty validated questionnaires were returned.
Frequencies and simple percentages were used in analyzing the data. The result revealed that environmental interaction influences a child’s behavior and development. The findings also show that immaturity, unrealistic expectations, and emotional problems of parents and caregivers are major causes of child abuse and neglect.
In addition, it abused and neglected children face difficulties in psychological adjustment and performance at school. It is recommended that parents should put the future of their children at heart and endeavor to create such a relationship that will encourage their children to create academic opportunities and to give positive feedback about their behavior.
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