Psychotherapy And Rehabilitation Of Students With Behavioural Disorders In Nigeria

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Research into the myriad of factors that could promote mental well-being of young adults in
the institution of higher learning would continue unabated as long as the subject matter,
Risky behaviour remains potent to psychologists, mental health workers, and other
significant care givers. This study evaluated the efficacy of psychotherapy and rehabilitation
program in reducing behavioural disorders and risky lifestyle of Babcock University students
returning from one year behavioural sanction. Eighty-Seven students (71.26% male and
28.78% female) suspended for various violation/misconduct were asked to sign a behavioural
contract with the consent of their parent/guardians and consequently, completed the
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 structured form (MMPI-2).About 75% of the
students reported high T-score on emotional Internalizing Dysfunction EID, Thought
Dysfunction THD, and Behavioural/External Dysfunction BXD. The students were assigned
to two session psychotherapeutic treatment per week and three hours weekly group emotional
competent training. At the end of the academic semester post-intervention, significant
reduction on all measures as well as reduction in risky behaviour and high emotional
intelligent were observed among the students. Overall, psychosocial support was found for
the efficacy of the program. It is thus recommended that those working on young adults with
behavioural disorders should seriously consider redemptive approach that is, psychotherapy,
emotional fitness training and socio-spiritual reintegration.

Nwaka, E. Promisen; Aniemeka, Onyeka O.;

Adelakin, A.O; & Banjo, Oluwafikayomi O.

Department of Behavioural Studies

Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.

Emails: promisenn@yahoo.com; aniemekaonyeka@gmail.com

 

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Research into the myriad of factors that could promote mental well-being of young adults in
the institution of higher learning would continue unabated as long as the subject matter,
Risky behaviour remains potent to psychologists, mental health workers, and other
significant care givers. This study evaluated the efficacy of psychotherapy and rehabilitation
program in reducing behavioural disorders and risky lifestyle of Babcock University students
returning from one year behavioural sanction. Eighty-Seven students (71.26% male and
28.78% female) suspended for various violation/misconduct were asked to sign a behavioural
contract with the consent of their parent/guardians and consequently, completed the
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 structured form (MMPI-2).About 75% of the
students reported high T-score on emotional Internalizing Dysfunction EID, Thought
Dysfunction THD, and Behavioural/External Dysfunction BXD. The students were assigned
to two session psychotherapeutic treatment per week and three hours weekly group emotional
competent training. At the end of the academic semester post-intervention, significant
reduction on all measures as well as reduction in risky behaviour and high emotional
intelligent were observed among the students. Overall, psychosocial support was found for
the efficacy of the program. It is thus recommended that those working on young adults with
behavioural disorders should seriously consider redemptive approach that is, psychotherapy,
emotional fitness training and socio-spiritual reintegration.

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