Dr Aminu Tanimu
This study examined the effect of solution focused brief on depression among student-victims of armed banditry in secondary schools in Kaduna State, Nigeria. One hypothesis was formulated and tested. Quasi-experimental involving pre-test and post-test design was employed for the study. The population of this study was 113 SS II Students in Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Kaduna State. 20 Students among those who scored 60-69 points on Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale were purposefully selected as the sample. They were exposed to solution focused brief counselling technique. The instrument used for data collection was an adapted Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS). Data were analysed using paired sample t-test to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The finding revealed that Solution-Focused Brief technique had significant effect on depression (p=.000) among secondary school student-victims of armed banditry in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Based on the finding of this study, it was concluded that solution focused brief counselling technique significantly reduced depression among secondary school student-victims of armed banditry. It was recommended, among others, that school counsellors and educational psychologists should employ solution focused counselling technique in reducing depression among student-victims of armed banditry in secondary schools.