EFFECTS OF SEQUENTIAL DECISION-MAKING AND COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING TECHNIQUES ON STRESS AMONG FEMALE STUDENTS OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO STATE, NIGERIA

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EFFECTS OF SEQUENTIAL DECISION-MAKING AND COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING TECHNIQUES ON STRESS AMONG FEMALE STUDENTS OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KANO STATE, NIGERIA

 

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The study examined the effects of Sequential Decision-Making and Cognitive-Restructuring Techniques on Stress among Female students of Colleges of Education in Kano State, Nigeria. Quasi-experimental Design involving Pre-test, Post-test Group Design was employed. The population of the study comprised of NCE II female students in Kano state, identified with stress symptoms. A sample of 28 respondents made up of fourteen (14) married and single were assigned into two (2) treatment groups of Sequential Decision Making and Cognitive Restructuring Techniques for seven (7) and eleven (11) weeks, respectively. The data was collected using Stress Assessment Inventory (SAI) adapted from Balarabe 2007. Nine (9) research questions were answered and an equal number of nine (9) hypotheses, tested at 0.05 significant level. Mean and Standard Deviation were used for research questions while t-test and Analysis of Variance were for testing the hypotheses. The results revealed that Sequential Decision Making Technique had significant effect on stress among single female students; Sequential Decision Making Technique was significantly effective in reducing stress among married female students; Cognitive Restructuring Technique was similarly effective in reducing stress among married female students. No significant effect of Cognitive Restructuring Technique on stress among single female students; Sequential Decision Making Technique was significantly effective in reducing stress among married and single female students; No significant effect of Cognitive Restructuring Technique on stress among married and single female students; There was significant relative effects of Sequential Decision Making and Cognitive Restructuring Techniques on stress among married and single female students; Sequential Decision Making and Cognitive Restructuring Techniques were similarly effective in reducing stress among married female students; There was significant relative effects of Sequential Decision Making and Cognitive Restructuring Techniques on stress among single female students. It was recommended among others that Counsellors, Psychologists and Social workers should be encouraged to use Sequential Decision Making and Cognitive Restructuring Techniques on stress among married and single female students in Kano state colleges of education.

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