International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

Study on the Causes of Misbehavior among South-East Asian Children
Dr. M. Hameed-ur-Rehman, Munir Moosa Sadruddin

The study investigates the major causes of misbehavior among South-East Asian children. Phenomenological research design was used as research model for this study. The population of the study consisted of married men/women from South-East Asia. In all, 70 respondents were selected through purposive sampling method where 36 married males and 34 females participated from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. The phenomenological interviews were conducted through face-to-face interaction and video conferencing where the respondents were asked to share the reasons that encourage children to misbehave. Five themes and multiple sub-themes were derived from the interviews. The results drawn from the study reveal that the main causes of misbehavior among South-East Asian children are (1) family and social environment which include lack of inculcation of ethical values, harsh behavior of parents, use of abusive language, imposition of strict rules and regulations, bad friend circle, nagging children in front of others, imbalance development and undue pampering;(2)lack of attention which includes ignorance of parents, communication gap due to lack of time, lack of understanding, love and care and lack of counseling; (3)media which includes change in lifestyle, western culture and modernism;(4) de-motivation which includes discouragement and avoiding children’s opinion; high expectations; (5) favoritism which includes impartiality and discrimination among children. Recommendations are supplemented at the end of the research paper.

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