• Benedict Chidi UGWUANYI Università Pontificia Salesiana, Roma
  • Zbigniew FORMELLA Università Pontificia Salesiana, Roma
  • Krzysztof SZADEJKO
Keywords: 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 reveal the 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 Urie Bronfenbrenner.


Author Biography

Krzysztof SZADEJKO

Istituto Superiore di Scienze dell’Educazione e della Formazione “Giuseppe
Toniolo”, Modena


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