Patterns and Prevalence of Gambling Behaviour among Youths in South-West Nigeria: A Case Study of Youths in Oyo and Ekiti State (Published)
Gambling has become an activity that most Nigerian youths and adolescents engaged in, with accessibility due to available internet. This study, therefore, aimed to investigate the patterns and prevalence of gambling behavior among youths in the South-West Nigeria. 320 participants were involved in the study. Four hypotheses were tested and result shows that there is a significant difference in the gambling behaviour of youth in Oyo and Ekiti State, Nigeria based on age (F(2,294) = 2.793, P(.009)<.05).also the research showed that there is a significant relationship between financial strain and gambling behaviour (r(297) = .561p<.05). Also, there is a significant relationship between personality and gambling. (r(297) = .275 p<.05). Furthermore, it was revealed that there is a relationship between depression and gambling behaviour. (r(297) = .321 p<.05). Findings were discussed in line with extant literature and recommendations were made.
Addressing Patterns in the Angkola Mandailing Through “Biola Na Mabugang” Reconstruction (Published)
This paper deals with the patterns of addressing Angkola Mandailing society. Three aspects of addressing patterns: 1) the classifications, b) the methods and 3) the purposes. It is found seven patterns of addressing people in Mandailing Angkola, namely; i) respect ii) honor iii) helping iv) family building v) intimate relationship vi) problem solving and vii) marriage. Then, the descriptive qualitative method was used to achieve the objectives of the reserach. The data were obtained and analyzed from “Biola na Mabugang” text. The findings showed that there are 15 of 33 classifications of addressing found “Biola na Mabugang”. Then, the patterns of addressing are based on the system of the Dalihan na Tolu (three main kinship elements; kahanggi, mora and anak boru). Last, the existence of parents, children and fellows play an important role in the preservation of addressing patterns of the Angkola Mandailing society of South Tapanuli Regency.
Stylistic Structuring: Syntactic Patterns of Advertising Slogans in Bamenda Urban Council of the North West Region of Cameroon (Published)
A slogan is a short, catchy and memorable phrase designed to capture the importance of a product. It portrays the brand’s identity, creates a sense of likability in the brand name and is used to convey a message about the service of the product it represents. The article was designed to investigate the structural patterns of clauses and groups used in slogans collected from billboards, bar walls and doorposts, put up by different business establishments in Bamenda, in the North West Region of Cameroon. The study is based on the Rank Scale systematic approach of Halliday. The results reveal that there are different kinds of structures such as, the declarative, imperative, nonfinite verbal clause, parallel structure, nominal group, prepositional group and adverb group used in the slogans, and these structures, in the different ways they function, all act in persuading the consumer to buy their products.
Parental Patterns in Socialization: A Factor in Moral Behaviour of Secondary School Students in Abakaliki Education Zone of Ebonyi State (Published)
The study is designed to investigate parental patterns in socialization a factor in moral behaviour of secondary school students in Abakaliki education zone of Ebonyi State. Two research questions were raised to guide the study. Descriptive survey design adopted to find out if parental pattern in socialization is a factor in moral behaviour of students; the area of the study is Abakaliki education zone of Ebonyi State, while the population comprised all the 52 government owned schools. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 400 students out of the 10,427 students in the area. Structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Mean was used to analyze data obtained. The result revealed that parental patterns in socialization is a major factor that predisposes the children’s behaviour either morally or immorally and suggested that parental choice of good training patterns will enhance the moral behaviour of their children positively. Based on the findings, recommendations were made on how to make positive impact on children’s life as prescribed by Christian doctrine or precept.