The study explored child neglect and its impact on the psychological wellbeing of adolescents
in the Tema Metropolitan Assembly of the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The study was
done in two parts using the exploratory sequential mixed method design (study 1-qualitative
study and study 2-quantitative study). In study 1, 16 purposively and conveniently sampled
participants made up of 5 DOVVSU officials (key informants), 5 parents and 6 adolescents
were interviewed to obtain their knowledge and views on child neglect in a Ghanaian setting.
Findings from the interviews indicated that the understanding of child neglect among the
studied sample were similar to other documented studies. Overall, they viewed child neglect
as a function of parental omissions in the care of their children. However, one striking
concept that stood out was that fathers or men were identified as the most perpetuators of
child neglect. Participants’ responses on the physical presentation of child neglect were
further categorised and used in the development of a 29 item culture specific child neglect
scale named the Child Neglect Questionnaire (CNQ). In study two, 172 conveniently sampled
adolescents completed a survey questionnaire assessing the impact of child neglect on their
psychological wellbeing. Five main hypotheses were tested. A significant relationship was
found between scores on the child neglect questionnaire and scores on depression, selfesteem and quality of life. Results on effects of child neglect showed that adolescents who
experienced child neglect reported poor psychological health (high depression and low selfesteem) and poor quality of life compared to adolescents who do not experience child neglect.
Three extra hypotheses were developed and tested using the Person’s Moment Product
Correlation to help validate the CNQ. Results supported the psychometric properties of the
newly developed scale. Finally, a Principal Component Analysis was carried out to determine
the various key factors that made up the CNQ. The PCA outcome indicated two main
components (ie. Negligence and Care). Implications of findings are discussed in the study.
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