Effects of Peer Tutoring and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapies in the Reduction of Delinquent Behaviours among Secondary School Adolescents in Bayelsa State

Dr. Binebai Stella Asangolo & Esther Tamunoiyowuna Bruce-Agbogidi


This study sought to determine the effects of Peer tutoring (PT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapies (CBT) on delinquent behaviour reduction among secondary school adolescents in Bayelsa State. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. It was quasi-experimental research design. Samples of sixty seven (67) students in senior secondary school (SSI&II) were identified as delinquent (drug addiction) using Delinquent Behaviour Scale (DBS). The experimental groups were treated with peer tutoring and cognitive behaviour therapies for six weeks while the control group received no treatment. The instrument was validated by test experts and the reliability was established as 0.84, using Cronbach alpha statistics. Data collected were analyzed with mean, standard deviation and paired t-test. Results showed that, peer tutoring (PT) and Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) had significant effect on the reduction of drug addiction based on their pretest and posttest mean scores. Based on the results, recommendations were made including that school management, community leaders, youth leaders and other stakeholders in the society should liaise with guidance counsellors to employ these strategies, and organize seminars and conferences to train youths on the resultants effect of drug addiction.

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