Contemporary Issues In Family Crises in The Teaching and Nursing Profession in Kwara and Edo States. Nigeria,

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Department of Vocational&Technical Education, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Benin. Edo State


Abstract This study examined types of family crises experienced by teachers and nurses, and also investigated causes of family crises and coping strategies adopted in crises situations. A descriptive survey method was adopted using a four point Likert type questionnaire. An instrument titled Family Crises Questionnaire (FCQ) was used to collect data. The instrument was administered on 150 Teachers and 150 Nurses randomly selected from two States and two Tenching Hospitals in Kwara South and Egor Local Government Areas of Kwara and Edo State, Nigeria. Three research questions were raised to guide the study and three hypotheses formulated. Data were analysed using mean score and standard deviation, while t-test was used to test the formulated hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Result revealed that both teachers and nurses go through different types of family crises, ranging from financial, sexual, physical abuse, health and educational crises. There is a significance difference in types, rate and degree of crises experienced by teachers and nurses (p<0.05). Lack of understanding and individual differences were agreed to be major causes of family crises. Hidden talents, cooperation, and seeking for professional help were among the coping strategies that should be adopted to combat family crises. The paper recommended that family members should be optimistic,accept challenges and help each other to have high self esteem and be self reliant.



Family Crises, Nurses, Teachers, Challenges