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THE STUDY OF PEER PRESSURE AND PARENTAL INFLUENCE ON THE CHOICE OF CAREER AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OGUN STATE
The study investigated parental influence and peer pressure on the choice of career among secondary school students in Sagamu Local government Area of Ogun State. Three research questions were raised and tested during the course of the study. 125 randomly selected participants from selected Junior Secondary Schools in Sagamu Local Government Area formed the sample size. The research instrument tagged “Scale of
Parental and Peer Influence on Career Choice (SPPCC) was developed by the researcher to collect data from the participants. The data collected were analyzed using mean scores and standard deviation for the research questions. The findings indicated that parents and peer exert influence on their wards’ career choices, but parental influence predominates mostly. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that parents should be counseled and orientated about the advantages of allowing their wards choose the careers they have interest in.
Keywords: Peer Pressure; Career Choice; parental influence