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The topic of this study is the cause of family instability and its effects on children in Umuchiatu Obe, Nkanu West Local Government Area Enugu State. The purpose of the study was to find out the causes of family, instability and its effects on children.This is survey research questionnaire was used as the main instrument of data collection. The population of the study was 600. The researcher selected 100 people to form the sample size of the study. The mode of selection was through convenient they are techniques, all data collected from following data findings were made family instability was caused by infidelity, poverty intolerance, peer group, influence, alcoholism. Children from unstable families are delinquent they are emotionally disturbed, they are more stress prone, there are less interested in academic researcher recommends that couple should learn to tolerate each other shortcomings bearing in mind that human beings are not perfect. They should join hands to discipline and train children though exemplary life. Internal disputes should be settled internally.
1.1 Background of the study
A family can be recognized as a unit of people who have agreed to live together as father, mother and children. It is a single protective umbrella in the wider society. As an umbrella it protects, covers or shield it members from the buffeting characteristics of a wider society. It is an institution that protects, covers, shield and nurture it members. Nwobi (1996) family members are important to each other and offer each other love and support. The family protects its members from external attach, by proving food, clothes shelter and care. The young ones grow to trust the family as a place of peace and comfort sharing their problem with the family member than outsiders. This is because family members respect and love each other and would like to keep their secret. It is not ideal for family member to expose each other secret; they are supposed to bear each other burden. Chukwuemeka (1999) defined family as a set of people related by blood, marriage or some other agreed upon relationship or adoption who shares the primary responsibility for reproduction and caring for the members. Nwobi (1997) defined family instability as a situation where the family knows no peace poor structure and organization, emotional separation of members and poor relationship with relation in-laws. Josh billings (2008) defined upbringing children as the rearing of children, especially the care love and guidance given by parents.It is the way that your parents care for you and teach you behave when growing up.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
However, in recent time, it has been observed that family instability I Nigeria has increased especially in Umuchiatu, Obe Nkanu West Local Government Area Enugu State. This phenomenon has resulted into various social problems as a result of unchecked effects by the social welfare, government, and individual themselves. Children brought up in such homes encounter problems moving from mother to father in order meet their needs and when they cannot cope with the situation they indulge in various social vices like truancy, robbery, stealing, drug trafficking, prostitution and other socially vices. These normally affect the society as a whole because family is the nucleus of the bedrock of the society.