Physical and Social Self-Concept and Lesbianism Tendencies Among Senior Secondary School Girls in Uvwie Local Government Area (L.G.A.) Of Delta State, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume VI, Issue V, May 2022 | ISSN 2454–6186

Physical and Social Self-Concept and Lesbianism Tendencies Among Senior Secondary School Girls in Uvwie Local Government Area (L.G.A.) Of Delta State, Nigeria

Denwigwe, C.P., Edward, A.N., Arop, L., Azubuko, A. H., and Asuquo, P.N.
Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Calabar, Nigeria

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Abstract: The study investigated the influence of physical and social self-concept on lesbianism tendency among senior secondary school girls in Uvwie Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Delta State, Nigeria. The ex-post facto research design was used for this study. Three research hypotheses were formulated to guide this study namely: 1. Physical self-concept does not significantly influence lesbianism tendencies among senior secondary school girls.2. Social self-concept does not significantly influence lesbianism tendencies among senior secondary school girls. The hypotheses were tested at a 0.05 level of significance. A sample of 218 senior secondary school girls was randomly selected from a population of 2,112 senior secondary school girls in Uvwie L.G.A. of Delta State, Nigeria. The Self-concept and Lesbianism Tendency Questionnaire (SLTQ) was the instrument for data collection. It was face-validated by two experts in Measurement and Evaluation and one expert in Guidance and Counselling at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The reliability of the instrument was established through a trial test which yielded a Cronbach alpha reliability estimate of between 0.73 and 0.85 making the instrument to be deemed reliable. The independent t-test statistical technique was the statistical tool for data analysis. Findings revealed a significant influence of physical self-concept on lesbianism tendency and a significant influence of social self-concept on lesbianism tendency among the secondary school girls who participated in the study. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that professional counsellors should play a unique role in addressing issues related to sexual orientation while also making conscious efforts toward shaping the right behaviours.

Keywords: Lesbianism, Sexual orientation, Physical, Social, Self-concept, Nigeria.

I.INTRODUCTION

Lesbianism was once considered an aberration by many in Nigeria who kicked against same-sex relationships. This clearly explains why Nigerians then, widely supported the “Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act” (SSMPA), which was signed into law in January 2014. This legislation condemned married same-sex couples to 14 years imprisonment. This then showed a general dislike in Nigeria for same-sex relationships in which lesbianism is a part.
Lesbianism is a sexual relationship between two females as against the natural male-female relationship. Due to globalisation, it was observed to be very easy for Nigerian youth to copy lesbianism and other minority sexual behaviours through social media and other trending avenues which promote the foreign culture over and above the