International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Self-Esteem, Depression and Stigmatization as Determinants of Educational Attainment of Pregnant Adolescents in Delta State Nigeria
Florence Ngozi. Ugoji

The correlating effect of self- esteem, depression and stigmatization on the educational attainment of 240 pregnant adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria was investigated. The participants responded to three valid scales. A correspondence of the participants’ educational attainment was required as well. Using Pearson product Correlation and Multiple Regression procedures to investigate the predictive capacity of the independent variables on the dependent variables, the result indicated that the three independent variables, when taken together were effective associates and related effectively with the educational attainment of pregnant adolescent. Based on these findings it was recommended that pregnant adolescent should be assisted to develop effective self esteem to shield them from depression and stigmatization as well as to self actualize and fulfill their educational dreams, the government should focus on creating an avenue for the continued education of pregnant adolescent and parents should therefore be more concerned and protective of their children in such conditions encouraging them to further their educational prospects with the consciousness of the future.

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