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Effects and Remedies to Cultural Shock on the Adolescent Students

Volume 7 - Issue 5

Kingsley Akarowhe*

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    • Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, Nigeria

    *Corresponding author: Kingsley Akarowhe, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Received: August 04, 2018;   Published: August 13, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.07.001569

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Abstract

The adolescent students are faced with a numbers of challenges at home, school and other social cultural environment. In contemporary times little emphasis have been drawn by researchers, the academicians and scholars on challenges facing the adolescent students taking into consideration culture shock. This is due to the fact that as an adolescent move from one cultural environment to another, either one home to another or school to another, he/she often experience challenges/problem of adjusting culturally to suit the expectations of the new culture. This tends to have interplay in their academics, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioural life. It is in consonance with this fact that this paper deems it fit to investigate the effect of culture shock on the adolescent student and proffer necessary solution insight in terms of remedies. The concept of culture shock and adolescent students as used in the study were explained. Effects of cultural shock on the adolescent students were communication defectiveness, academic retardation, conflict, emotional imbalance, deviance, aloofness and withdrawal from peers; strategies identified to remedy culture shock were counseling, awareness campaign, acculturation, and co-operation. Based on the findings of the study it was recommended that there should be keen collaboration between the government, parents, school authorities and non-governmental agencies, which will help in mapping out strategies that will assist the adolescent to cope with cultural shock and make meaningful contribution financially to carry out such mandate.

Keywords: Cultural Shock; Adolescent Students; Culture; Adolescent

Abstract | Concept of Cultural Shock | Meaning of Adolescent Student | Effects of Cultural Shock on the Adolescent Students | Remedies to Culture Shock | Conclusions and Recommendation | References |