Abstract: The study was aimed at determining the influence of child rearing styles on the manifestation of dishonest behaviour among senior secondary school students in Southern Cross River State, Nigeria. A sample of 600 senior secondary III students (300 males and 300 females) were used for the study. The subjects ranged from 12 years of age to 21 years. The Child Rearing Questionnaire (CRQ) developed by the researchers was used for data collection. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) statistics was used in testing the study hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the data analysis showed that child rearing style has a significant influence on the three aspects of dishonest behaviour namely lying, stealing and truancy. Students reared with autocratic and laissez-faire rearing styles manifested greater degree of dishonest behaviours than those from democratic homes. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that parents should adopt more of the democratic child rearing style than either autocratic or laissez-faire rearing style in the upbringing of their sons and daughters.
U.E. Ajake , A.J. Isangediahi and N.N. Bisong , 2008. Parental Child Rearing Style and Studentsí Dishonest Behaviour. The Social Sciences, 3: 525-527.