The effect of group counselling on compulsive texting behaviour of adolescents in Yaba LGA.

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Ikuburuju-Orola, A
Olusakin, A.M
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Journal of Professional Counselling
The need for social acceptance and connection during adolescence has made some adolescents stay longer checking for and sending text messages at the expense of their engagement in other meaningful activity. This study investigated the effect of group counselling on the compulsive texting behaviour of adolescents in Yaba local government area, Lagos state. Pre-test/post-test control quasi experimental research design was adopted in the study. The population for this study comprised all SS2 students in co-educational public schools in Yaba local government area. A total of 145 participants were selected from two co-educational public senior secondary schools in Yaba local government area, through a simple random sampling technique. Thirty-nine (39) out of one hundred and forty-five (145) participants were identified to be compulsive texters based on their response to the compulsive texting Questionnaire and their frequency of texting. In other words, only thirty-nine (39) participants who scored below twenty-six (26) out of forty (40) in the area of compulsive statements items and send or check for text messages often and most times, were further selected for the study through a purposive sampling technique. Sixteen (16) out of the thirty-nine (39) participants indicated interest to take part in the study. Eight (8) out of sixteen (16) were exposed to group counselling (treatment), while the remainder received no treatment. Two (2) Hypotheses were tested in this study. A questionnaire developed by the first researcher with a reliability coefficient of 0.65 was employed in the collection of data from the respondents. The data collected were carefully analysed and the hypotheses were tested with the use of mean, standard deviation, independent t-test and one-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The Hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of this study revealed that there is a significant gender difference in the post-test scores of compulsive texters exposed to group counselling. Also, compulsive texting did not significantly affect the spelling ability of the students. It was recommended that Group counselling should be organised for adolescents who are compulsive-texters.
Effect , Group Counselling , Counselling , Compulsive , Texting Behaviour , Adolescents , Yaba Local Government Area , Lagos State , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Ikuburuju-Orola, A. And Olusakin, A.M. (2018). The effect of group counselling on compulsive texting behaviour of adolescents in Yaba LGA. Journal of Professional Counselling. 1(2), 191-198