EFFICACY OF GROUP COUNSELLING INTERVENTIONS (POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT AND SELF CONTROL TECHNIQUES) IN REMEDYING TRUANCY AMONG SCHOOL-GOING ADOLESCENTS IN ILORIN, NIGERIA

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EFFICACY OF GROUP COUNSELLING INTERVENTIONS (POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT AND SELF CONTROL TECHNIQUES) IN REMEDYING TRUANCY AMONG SCHOOL-GOING ADOLESCENTS IN ILORIN, NIGERIA Powered By Docstoc
					      EFFICACY OF GROUP COUNSELLING INTERVENTIONS
       (POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT AND SELF CONTROL
    TECHNIQUES) IN REMEDYING TRUANCY AMONG SCHOOL-
           GOING ADOLESCENTS IN ILORIN, NIGERIA


                              Adeyemi I. Idowu, Irene Durosaro
                                               &
                                        Mary O. Esere
                              Department of Counsellor Education,
                                  University of Ilorin, Nigeria*


              This study investigated the efficacy of positive
              reinforcement and self- control techniques in
              remedying truancy among school-going adolescents
              in Ilorin. The design was a pre-test, post-test control
              group quasi-experimental design. The sample
              consisted of 30 truants aged 14 to 16 years.
              Different types of researcher- developed instruments
              were used at the pretest, post test and follow-up
              periods for identifying the truants and testing the
              effectiveness of the treatment conditions. Data
              collected were analysed with ANCOVA and Scheffé
              test. When the treatment groups were compared
              with the control group, those in the treatment groups
              reported less truancy behaviour traits than their
              counterparts in the control group. Lack of
              behavioural effect on the control group could be
              linked to differential quality of delivery of
              intervention. Based on this finding, it was
              recommended that group counselling be made a
              regular feature in the execution of teaching-learning
              processes in secondary schools curricula in Nigeria.

              Key-words: Truancy, school-going adolescents,
              positive reinforcement, self-control, Nigeria



*
 Authors’ Note
Mary Esere, Ph.D is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Address
correspondence to Dr. Mary O. Esere at the Department of Counsellor Education, University of Ilorin, P.M.B. 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria. E-
mail: maryesere@yahoo.com

Adeyemi Idowu, Ph.D is a Professor of 
				
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Description: This study investigated the efficacy of positive reinforcement and self- control techniques in remedying truancy among school-going adolescents in Ilorin. The design was a pre-test, post-test control group quasi-experimental design. The sample consisted of 30 truants aged 14 to 16 years. Different types of researcher- developed instruments were used at the pretest, post test and follow-up periods for identifying the truants and testing the effectiveness of the treatment conditions. Data collected were analysed with ANCOVA and Scheff test. When the treatment groups were compared with the control group, those in the treatment groups reported less truancy behaviour traits than their counterparts in the control group. Lack of behavioural effect on the control group could be linked to differential quality of delivery of intervention. Based on this finding, it was recommended that group counselling be made a regular feature in the execution of teaching-learning processes in secondary schools curricula in Nigeria. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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