Problems of orphan students in the sultanate of Oman

Hamood K. Alnofli*

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The study attempts to describe the major problems experienced by orphans. The study was applied to orphan male and female students from the 5th grade to 12th grade. They were 31 male students and 82 female students. A questionaire was used as a research tool. The reliability of the instrument was made using the Reliability Coefficient and Cronbach‟s alpha with the main sample of the study (n = 113). Its value was (0.88). The average percentage of the orphans‟ problems reached (25%). Jealous of neighbours‟ children, living with their parents, is the most often thing that orphan socially experience. 40% of orphans expressed such jealousy. The average percentage of psychological problems experienced by orphans is 24%. The orphan‟s feeling that he/she is not lucky in this world is the most psychological problems that impact him/her (38% of orphans). The average of materialistic problems was 30%. The biggest problem expressed by 46% of orphans is the lack of a person outside the family who can sponsor them. The average percentage of behavioural problems reached 23% of the sample. There are 30% of the orphans who do not find anyone to guide and direct them when watching satellite channels. The existence of school/academic problems was expressed by 34% of orphans. The highest school problem (41%) was that requests for projects required by the teachers cost them amounts of money that they cannot afford. In average, 50% of orphans have negative impressions about the school social worker. The orphans (74%) reported that they do not tell the social worker when they experience problems with their families. The results showed that the 63% of orphans had not got any opportunity to participate in an entertainment trips by school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Science and Theology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Islamic religion
  • Oman
  • Orphans
  • Social work
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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