The Effectiveness of Group Assertiveness Training on Happiness in Rural Adolescent Females With Substance Abusing Parents

Hojjat, S. K. and Golmakani, E. and Norozi Khalili, M. and Shakeri Chenarani, M. and Hamidi, M. and Akaberi, A. and Rezaei Ardani, A. (2015) The Effectiveness of Group Assertiveness Training on Happiness in Rural Adolescent Females With Substance Abusing Parents. Global journal of health science, 8 (2). pp. 156-164.

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BACKGROUND: Parental substance abuse confronts children with a variety of psychological, social, and behavioral problems. Children of substance abusing parents show higher levels of psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression and exert lower levels of communication skills. Weak social skills in this group of adolescents put them at a higher risk for substance abuse. Many studies showed school based interventions such as life skill training can effective on future substance abusing in these high risk adolescences. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants consisted of 57 middles schools girls, all living in rural areas and having both parents with substance dependency. The participants were randomly assigned to intervention (n=28) and control (n=29) groups. The data were collected before and six weeks after training in both group. The intervention group received eight sessions of group assertiveness training. Participants were compared in terms of changes in scores on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire and the Gambrills-Richey Assertion Inventory. RESULTS: The total score for happiness change from 43.68 ±17.62 to 51.57 ±16.35 and assertiveness score changed from 110.33±16.05 to 90.40±12.84. There was a significant difference in pretest-posttest change in scores for intervention (7.89±4.13) and control (-2.51±2.64) groups; t (55) =2.15, p = 0.049. These results suggest that intervention really does have an effect on happiness and assertiveness. CONCLUSION: Determining the effectiveness of these school based interventions on other life aspects such as substance abuse calls for further study on these rural adolescent girls.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :2 Export Date: 16 February 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent assertiveness behavior therapy child parent relation controlled study drug dependence female group process happiness human parent procedures psychology questionnaire randomized controlled trial rural population treatment outcome Group Processes Humans Parent-Child Relations Parents Substance-Related Disorders Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib5 lib5
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 03:51
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 03:51

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