Social skills as predictors of academic self-concept among secondary school students in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State
Dr. Glory N Amadi, Rita Ibe
This paper investigated the predictive power of selected social skills (emotional expressivity, emotional sensitivity and emotional control) on academic self-concept of secondary school students in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. The study was guided by three research questions and three hypotheses. Correlation design was used in the study. A sample of 357 senior secondary two students drawn by multi-stage sampling technique through non-proportionate stratified random sampling method in all the three stages involved. Data for the study were gathered with two instruments constructed by the researchers. They are: Students’ Social Skill Inventory (SSSI) and Students’ Academic Self-Concept Assessment Scale (SASAS). The instruments were face validated and a reliability coefficient value of 0.74 and 0.77respectively were obtained and hence considered adequate for the test of reliability. Multiple regression statistics was use to analyse obtained data. Result indicated that emotional control was a key predictor of academic self-concept. Emotional expressivity had a partial prediction of academic self-concept, but sensitivity did not. In view of the finding, it was recommended that students should be encouraged to develop good social skills such as emotional control in order to evolve proper academic self-concept.