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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Linking the Dominance of House Girls in Nigerian Households to the Girl-child Socialization Pattern in Nigeria

J.O. Omokhodion
Corresponding Author:  Julia otibhor Omokhodion 

Key words:  Girl child socialization, dominance of Housegirls, , , , ,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 1-3
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 July, 18

The target of this study is to find out if the preference expressed by many women in search of househelps; for house-girls, has a direct link with the socialization pattern of the girl-child. The study shows that while girls are socialized to be kind, gentle, patient, loving, passive, hard working and long suffering, boys are socialized to be tough, strong, authoritative and never to cry; since only girls are supposed to cry. The findings from this study shows that over 90% of women, seeking the services of house-helps usually prefer the services of house-girls, because they have been trained to clean, cook, take care of their younger siblings, be gentle, obedient and kind. The natural consequence of this is that they try to imbibe those attributes which they have been taught, since those are the criteria on which they will be assessed in their society. Thus, since these are the attributes that people need from their house helps, they prefer the girl-child to boys for employment. This thus exposes the girl-child to a lot of exploitation by their families and their employer’s family. This is even more so because most of their earnings go to their families; not themselves. The study ends by recommending that both boys and girls should have similar socialization pattern and that government should intensify its efforts at eradication child labor and exploitation.
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J.O. Omokhodion, 2009. Linking the Dominance of House Girls in Nigerian Households to the Girl-child Socialization Pattern in Nigeria.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 1-3.
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