Bullying Behaviours and Psychosocial Adjustment of Secondary School Students in Ilorin South Local Government Area, Nigeria

  • Uyanne, Elizabeth Obiageli Department of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin Nigeria
  • Ajagbe Fidelia Nwamaka (PhD) c/o Ajagbe Ibrahim Oyedele Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, P. M. B 1524, Olunlade, Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria
  • Bibire Abdukareem Hussein, Department of Psychology, Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  • Akinsemoyin, Lasbat Omoshalewa Department of Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin Nigeria
Keywords: Bullying Behaviour, Psychosocial, Adjustment, Secondary School Students


This paper investigated bullying behaviours and psychosocial adjustment of secondary school students. The researcher sought to determine the forms of bullying behaviour and psychosocial adjustment exhibited by students and also to determine whether there are gender and gat differences in bullying and psycho-social adjustments of students. The sample was 288 students drawn using stratified sampling technique from both private and public secondary schools in Ilorin south local government Area. An adapted questionnaire titled “Bullying Behaviour and Psychosocial Adjustment” (BBPAQ), patterned after Olweus Bullying Behaviour Questionnaire, was used to collect data from the students. The two research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation. Research hypotheses 1, 2, 5 and 6 were tested using uncorrelated t-test while research hypotheses 3 and 4 were tested using one- way ANOVA, at 0.05 level of significance. The results reveal that are nicknames and due to size rank highest among 25 types of bully, knowledge og handling stress aad worries rank first among types of psychosocial adjustment; no study also found that there are no significant differences in students’ bullying and psycho-social adjustment due gender, age and type of school. Based on the findings, the researchers pointed to the fact that the most common form of bullying is the indirect bulling and it was recommended among others that school administrator, psychologists, counselors, teachers and parents pay more attention and address bullying behaviours among students.


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Uyanne, Elizabeth Obiageli, Ajagbe Fidelia Nwamaka (PhD), Bibire Abdukareem Hussein, & Akinsemoyin, Lasbat Omoshalewa. (2017). Bullying Behaviours and Psychosocial Adjustment of Secondary School Students in Ilorin South Local Government Area, Nigeria. Maiduguri Journal of Educational Studies (MAJES), 10(1), 70 - 84. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/majes/article/view/61