Theoretical Reflections on Social Determinants and Effects of Indecent Dressing among Female Undergraduates in Higher Institutions of Learning in Nigeria

  • Nneka Perpetua Oli, Ph.D Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Keywords: dress code, female undergraduates, higher institutions, indecent dressing, social determinants


The paper examined the social determinants and effects of indecent dressing among female undergraduates in higher institutions of learning in Nigeria. Some factors that influence indecent dressing include home environment, peer group influence, negative influence of internet, changing social values. Effects of indecent dressing include sexual harassment and rape, contraction of HIV/AIDS, prostitution, ritual killing, poor academic performance, unwanted pregnancy etc. The paper is anchored on modernization theory and social learning theory. It was recommended that parents should be role models to their children and monitor the films their children watch. Also, the school management should ensure that laws and rules guiding indecent dressing in the higher institutions are enforced.

Author Biography

Nneka Perpetua Oli, Ph.D, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

Department of Sociology/Anthropology