COPING IN NIGERIAN REMAND HOMES THE PLACE OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND SITUATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS
N. Ibeagha, P., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Using the expost facto design 65 juveniles delinquents remanded in Oyo and Osun states of Nigeria were randomly sampled to examine their coping and the place of individual differences, environmental factors and situational characteristics, using the Amiehikan coping strategy indicator, the EPQ and the crown crisp experimental index. Expected length of stay was positively related to psychological well-being. R=0.65, p<.01 and coping style r=0.45, p<.05. Hard labour, beating from handlers, insufficient food, loss of hope in longing for homes evidenced as problems while praying was the major strategy for coping. The findings have implications for the place of religion in the environment.