• Benedict Chidi UGWUANYI Università Pontificia Salesiana
  • Zbigniew FORMELLA Pontifical Salesian University of Rome
  • Krzysztof SZADEJKO “Giuseppe Toniolo”, Modena


Child abuse; culture; ecological systems theory;Igbo parents; Parenting Styles


Child abuse is an international problem that happens everywhere including Igboland of Nigeria. Nigeria has three major ethnic groups, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. Igbo parents are known for their love for children but there are cases of child abuse in different families in Igboland. This research explains the ugly phenomenon of child abuse and the concepts that surrounds the problem. The goals of this study were to explore how Igbo culture influences parenting and how some parenting styles can cause child abuse and neglect.A research was carried out within Igboland of Nigeria. A sample of 510 Igbo parents voluntarily completed an anonymous questionnaire.The results revealthe fact that culture influences both the parental styles and the parental perception of child abuse. The issue of child abuse and neglect was expounded in the light of ecological systems theory of UrieBronfenbrenner.


Keywords:Child abuse, culture, ecological systems theory, Igbo parents,  Parenting Styles

Author Biographies

Zbigniew FORMELLA, Pontifical Salesian University of Rome

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, 

Krzysztof SZADEJKO, “Giuseppe Toniolo”, Modena

Istituto Superiore di Scienze dell’Educazione e della Formazione “Giuseppe Tonioloâ€


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