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Determinants of Deviant Behaviour among Employees of Small Scale Enterprises in Lafia Metropolis, Nasarawa State, Nigeria

Michael Christopher Eraye, Adaka Sunday Simeon

Keywords: Deviant behaviour, small scale, enterprise, employees, employers

Abstract

This study explores factors influencing deviant behaviour among employees of small scale enterprises in Lafia Metropolis. The study investigates the most common forms of deviant behaviour; identifying socio-economic, socio-psychological, socio-cultural factors influencing deviant behaviour among employees of small scale enterprises in Lafia Metropolis. The study employed the survey research design with a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research components. The sample for the study consists of 396 respondents who were selected through simple random and purposive sampling methods. Quantitative data were analyzed through frequency tables and chi-square; while qualitative data were analyzed through manual content analysis and ethnographic summaries. Findings revealed that lack of respect for other workers, disrespect for customers and increase in the price of items for personal gains are types of deviant behaviour committed by employees of small scale enterprises in Lafia metropolis. The study recommends that employers of employees of small scale enterprises in Lafia metropolis must ensure that their workers are paid salaries without unnecessary delay and the managers of small-scale enterprises should ensure that work environment is not characterized by harshness.

Author Biography

Michael, Christopher Eraye

Adaka, Sunday Simeon

Department of Sociology,

Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State-Nigeria

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