INFLUENCE OF PARENTING STYLES AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS ON STUDY HABIT OF SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN IMO STATE
The study investigated influence of parenting styles and environmental stress on study habit of secondary school students in Imo State. Four hundred and one participants were selected from four different secondary schools in Owerri municipal, using convenience sampling. The participants’ ages ranged from 13 to 20 years with a mean age of 16.57 and standard deviation of 1.53. Three instruments were used, they include, Parental Care Scale (PCS), Stress Index Scale (SIS) and Study Habit inventory (SHI). The design used was cross-sectional survey Design. Four hypotheses were postulated and tested using Multiple Regression Statistics. The findings showed that environmental stress and the parenting styles studied did not significantly impact on students’ study habit. Based on the findings, it is clear that neither environmental stress nor parenting style studied could predict how a student would study. Also, since no one parenting style studied proved to be an effective contributor to students’ study habit, this study recommends among others, that parents and other child caregivers should use mixed parenting styles as this may prove more effective.