EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTS ON HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN SOME SELECTED ORPHANAGES IN IDO LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF OYO STATE.
This study is on the effect of institutional support on the health and the well-being of vulnerable children in some selected orphanages in Ido local government of Ibadan Oyo State, Nigeria. For some decades now, the increase in the number of vulnerable children has been on an alarming rate. Some factors for the increase are natural disasters, war, religion and political crisis, HIV/AIDS and poverty. A descriptive survey research design was used for this research. The sample used for the study is one hundred and twenty (120) vulnerable children purposively selected from orphanges in Ido Local Government Ibadan. A structured survey instrument was used in collecting data from a sample of 120 respondents. Data were analyzed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). The findings revealed there is a significant effect of institutional support on psychological well-being of vulnerable children in Ido Local Government (f (8, 111 )= 23.276, p<0.05). Also there is a significant effect of institutional support on social well-being of vulnerable children in Ido Local Government, Ibadan (f (8, 111)= 14.288, p<0.05). Finally, there is a significant effect of institutional support on the health of vulnerable children in Ido Local Government, Ibadan (f (8, 111)= 33.824, p<0.05). This study confirmed that institutional support had significantly improved psychosocial well being of vulnerable children. It is, therefore, recommended that the Government should partner with the private individuals and other international bodies to see to the capacity building in the area of social protection, programme planning and implementation as well as for the general care of the vulnerable children.
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