International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 220

IJPC Articles

Impact of psychological counselling on posttraumatic stress disorder victims of Rana Plaza tragedy

July 2017

The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of psychological counselling on victims with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the Rana Plaza tragedy. Data was collected from two different groups using the Impact of Event Scale translated and validated in Bengali. Participants of one group consist of 50 who received life skills training and the other group of 71 who had no such training. PTSD was...

Author(s): Lipy Gloria Rozario, Anne Anthonia Baroi and Shaheen Islam

Client congruence in therapy and its association with mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship

June 2017

In order to investigate clients’ role in the mutuality of therapeutic encounter, this pilot study examined data from 49 participants who had undergone at least three sessions of therapy. The participants completed the Working Alliance Inventory and the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills. As hypothesised, higher levels of mindfulness were associated with enhanced working alliance. All three dimensions of the...

Author(s): Itai Ivtzan and Stephen Joseph

Teacher competence as a tool for effective and sustainable human capital development in the federal capital territory: Implications for career guidance

May 2017

This study investigated teacher competence as a tool for effective and sustainable human capital development in selected Public Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was used for the study while simple random sampling technique was used to draw the sample for the study in two area councils in the FCT. The data generated was analysed using means scores,...

Author(s): B. O. Onyilo and I. I. Shamo

“A study on positive impact of intensive psychological counseling on psychological well-being of type 2 diabetic patients undergoing amputation”

April 2017

Amputation is one of the most dreadful complications in diabetes. Diabetic amputees are at elevated risk of psychological distress due to their disability. Thus, the current study aimed to evaluate the effect of intensive counseling on psychological outcomes among type 2 diabetic patients undergoing amputation. The study was conducted among 62 consecutive patients admitted in the diabetic centre and who underwent an...

Author(s): Mary Jenifer Amalraj, Anitha Rani. A and Vijay Viswanathan

Demographic and personal correlates of ‘new masculinities’: Focus on the role of emotional intelligence

January 2017

This research aims to gain a better understanding of a popular term in gender-talk, using a quantitative approach. It proposes a working definition of ‘new masculinities’ and explores some of its antecedents, paying special attention to the concept of emotional intelligence (EI). Given the lack of empirical research on the nature of ‘new masculinities’ and its components this study is based on a...

Author(s): Leehu Zysberg and Avigail Moore

Student volunteers’ perspectives on roles/functions of university counseling centers in Taiwan

December 2016

This study discussed the student volunteers’ perspectives on the roles/functions of University Counseling Center (UCC). Fifteen student volunteers of a university in northern Taiwan participated. Phenomenological method was employed to analyze in-depth interviews. Themes emerged including volunteers viewed; roles and functions of UCC as enhancing the quality of mental health on campus, psychological and counseling...

Author(s): Yii-nii Lin, Yi-Hsing Claire Chiu, Pi-Hui Lai and Yueh-Hua Chen

Parenting styles and family characteristics as correlates of psychological distress among Nigerian adolescents

November 2016

Many factors could be co-related with psychological distress in secondary school adolescents. Few of such factors are the style parents adopt in raising their adolescents, and the family characteristics in which adolescents are nurtured. This study was designed to look at the relationship between parenting style/family characteristics and adolescents’ psychological distress. Specifically, the study was designed to...

Author(s): Alika Henrietta Ijeoma, Akanni Deborah Omolara and  Akanni Oluyemi Oluwatosin

Cult Members’ “three-low-and-one-high” Symptoms and Theirs’ Solution-focused Brief Psychological Counseling

October 2016

This study aimed to examine the inner psychological characteristics of cult members, provide a basis for the implementation of psychological counseling. 63 cult members and 69 ordinary people were assessed with the Self-Consistency and Congruence Scale (SCCS), the Interpersonal Trust Scale (ITS), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and the Self-rated Health Measurement Scale (SRHMS).  Cult members scored...

Author(s): Juan Zhou, Yuran Luo, Qingping Chen, Ying Liang

The framework for integrating common and specific factors in therapy: A resolution

August 2016

A framework for integrating common and specific factors in therapy is provided in this study. The key to integration is employing the common factors as fundamental principles; meanwhile, incorporating a specific model and unique techniques carefully to respond to the client’s needs, demographic variables, and ethnic/cultural characteristics. The four major constructs of common factors (that is, client...

Author(s): Yii-Nii Lin

Psychosocial predictors of entrepreneurial intention among Nigerian graduates

June 2016

This study investigated the role of psychosocial factors (entrepreneurial self-efficacy, fear of failure, social support, and gender) on entrepreneurial intention among Nigerian graduates. The research adopted a survey design. Two hundred and ten (210) participants were selected purposively and randomly for the study. Results revealed that there were significant relationships among the variables of the study. Besides,...

Author(s): Okoye Lawrence Jekwu

Family dynamics in households with Adera children: Implications for family-based care of orphaned and vulnerable children

May 2016

Adera childcare is a community-based kinship type of care arrangement that has been practiced in many parts of Ethiopia for years. Research evidences indicate that this practice avails alternative care and support that make important contribution in the life and development of children. However, some evidences also indicate that there are concerns and challenges that would compromise the quality and contribution of care...

Author(s): Belay Tefera Kibret and Shewaye Mengistu

Multiculturalism in counseling and therapy: Marriage and family issues

May 2016

The world is changing very fast toward cultural pluralism. It is predicted that most of the societies will be more diverse in 21st century. Cultural differences denied for centuries in therapeutic interventions are no more acceptable. Multicultural counseling and therapy are in fact a strong trend in response to this urgent need. That is the reason for multiculturalism to be considered the fourth force in psychology....

Author(s): Bagher Sanai Zaker and Alireza Boostanipoor

Personality traits as predictors of Facebook use

April 2016

This study explores the personality factors behind Filipino college students’ social media usage. Using descriptive-correlational design, a random sample of 338 Filipino undergraduate students, between ages of 16 to 22, was employed to generate relationships and understand predictions among factors derived from NEO Personality Inventory and Facebook Intensity Scale. Results indicated that respondents tend to be...

Author(s): John Ray B. Acopio and Lucila O. Bance

Coping with the interpersonal stresses of bariatric surgery: An interpretive study of women’s experiences

April 2016

The purpose of this interpretive inquiry was to gain understanding about how women cope with the interpersonal stresses associated with bariatric surgery. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 women who had undergone bariatric surgery. Data were analyzed using constant comparison processes. Analyses revealed that participants managed stress associated with bariatric surgery using five forms of coping, including:...

Author(s): Jennifer Paff Ogle and Juyeon Park

Posthumous marriage in Igbo land, Southeastern Nigeria and its effects on child development and education

March 2016

Posthumous marriage is one of the traditional marriages being practiced in Igbo Land, Southeastern Nigeria. This is a type of marriage that offers men who had already died opportunities to have wives and descendants when they have already died even before the marriages are contracted. Consequently, many traditional families use this opportunity to solve the problems of childlessness, male child absence in the family...

Author(s): Agbo Maria Charity

Comparative influence of health locus of control on medication adherence among tuberculosis and HIV-positive outpatients in Edo State, Nigeria

March 2016

The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference between influence of health locus of control on medication adherence among outpatients undergoing directly observed treatment-short course (DOTS) and those receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). Resurgence of tuberculosis (TB) infection following the spread of HIV epidemic has made treatment of TB and HIV co-infection a public healthcare priority in Nigeria....

Author(s): Obadiora, A.H.

Past and Future: The Development of Animation Education in China

February 2016

The rapid development of cultural and creative industries in China induces a growth in the development of intellectual property. Some of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are gradually transforming themselves into original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original brand manufacturers (OBMs). The animation industry also benefits from the Government’s policy support and starts to develop and produce...

Author(s): Henry Ma

Study of problem solving ability of adolescents in relation to parenting styles and resilience

February 2016

In this study, the investigator wants to make an important contribution to the literature by demonstrating that resilience and parenting styles made a significant effect on the problem solving ability of adolescents. Problem solving ability test was constructed by the investigator. Parenting scale developed and standardized by Bharadwaj, Sharma and Garg (1998), Resilience Scale (RS-14) for Adolescents by Wagnild (2011)...

Author(s): Jasjit Kaur and Manju Gera

Ways of coping and personality traits among Kurdish adolescents

January 2016

This study was designed to explore the relationship between coping methods and personality among a group of Kurdish adolescents. A sample of 235 secondary students completed surveys measuring methods of coping and personality types. Pearson’s r correlations indicated that positive attitude, as a method of coping, was correlated to all personality traits, except for neuroticism. Passivity and mixed efforts were the...

Author(s): Azad Ali Ismail

Expressive group counseling as a model for increasing self-awareness to reduce trauma symptoms experienced by children in Palestine

November 2015

The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a time-limited group counseling program based on expressive activities in improving levels of self awareness and reducing PTSD symptoms for children experiencing symptoms of trauma in the West Bank of Palestine. The sample consisted of 30 children who have all experienced significant losses and trauma from Nablus, Palestine ranging from 9-12 years of age....

Author(s): Fayez Azez Mohamad Mahamid, Sulieman T. Rihani and Denise Ziya Berte

Mental health and the Nigerian workplace: Fallacies, facts and the way forward

August 2015

Unquestionably, mental health is fundamental to individual, organizational and national well-being. However, Nigeria’s mental health statistics are a cause for concern. This is further aggravated by a culture of indifference, denial and evasion. This paper advocates a cultural re-engineering. It espouses the need for Nigerian workplaces to recognize mental health as a realistic and legitimate concern, as well as...

Author(s): Oyewunmi, Adebukola Esther, Oyewunmi, Olabode Adeleke, Iyiola, Oluwole Oladele and Ojo, Ayannike Yemisi

Stress and coping with cervical cancer by patients: A qualitative inquiry

July 2015

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, and the most common cancer in women in resource limited settings. Regardless of the stage at which a diagnosis of cancer is made, individuals who receive such a diagnosis are stressed both psychologically and emotionally, thus they need to employee certain mechanism in order to cope. Using Lazarus and Folkman’s Transaction Model of Stress and...

Author(s): Katowa-Mukwato Patricia, Mwape Lonia, Maimbolwa C. Margaret, Muleya C. Mutinta  and Namushi L. Beauty

Factors associated with mental health symptoms in women living with HIV in Southern India: An exploratory study

June 2015

Limited research has focused on the mental health of HIV-infected women in resource poor settings such as rural India. This study attempts to fill this gap in the literature, through conducting standardized interviews with 20 HIV-infected women in rural, Southern India. Variables of interest included trauma exposure, mental health symptoms, shame, guilt, social support, negative social reactions, coping, and HIV...

Author(s): Kendall Sauer, Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Sara Anderson and N. M. Samuel

Influence of self-concealed psycho-social factors as predictors on the effectiveness of sexual self-disclosure during voluntary counseling and testing among university students in Kenya

June 2015

Four hundred and fifty six third year undergraduate students from the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Egerton University were studied to find out the influence of self-concealed psycho-social factors as predictors on the effectiveness of sexual self-disclosure during voluntary counselling and testing among university students in Kenya. Results revealed there is a significant relationship between...

Author(s): Mokua Gilbert Maroko, Fredrick Ogola, Musau Kithuka, Haniel Nyaga Gatumu, Nyutu Jane Gathoni, Njuguna Christina Nyamugoro and Anthony Muriithi Ireri

Environmental violence, family upbringing and peer influence as correlates of destructive tendencies in adolescents

May 2015

This study examined environmental violence, family upbringing; peer group influence as correlates of destructive tendencies among adolescents. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. Empirical literatures were reviewed. The study is a survey and adopted expo facto design. The sample size of 400 respondents was randomly selected from diploma students of the Institute of Education, Delta State...

Author(s): Ebenuwa-Okoh Evelyn and Ugoji Florence Ngozi

Differential effect of behavioural strategies on the management of conduct disorder among adolescents in correctional centres in Lagos State, Nigeria

May 2015

Adolescent period is a significant phase in human development. Empirical evidences from diverse nations revealed that the period is characterized by a number of misbehaviours of which conduct disorder is paramount. Conduct disorder is a repetitive behaviour that violates the rights of others. It entails rule violation, aggression, hostility, and deceitfulness. There are adolescents in correctional centres in several...

Author(s): Sussan O Adeusi, Abiodun M Gesinde, Amos A Alao, Gbadebo O Adejumo and Olujide A Adekeye

The work concerns of the faculty at midlife: A phenomenological case study

April 2015

Midlife as a phenomenon is truly enigmatic. Oftentimes, it is associated with changing images and myths that include midlife crisis, change of life, the empty nest and many more. On the other hand, some revealed midlife to be simply a calm transition. This study then sought to explore the work concerns of the faculty midlifers of one of the prestigious universities of Cebu City, Philippines. Concerns at work are the...

Author(s): Galvin A. Galeon

Beautiful skin hides all faults - Effects of body satisfaction on self-esteem and shyness in Japanese female youths

April 2015

This study examined the influence of satisfaction from each body part in Japanese female youths on self-esteem and shyness. We hypothesized that body satisfaction in each body part has influence on shyness (social anxiety, social passivity) through self-esteem; and examined the hypothesis using path analysis. As a result, only the body satisfaction of "skin" has been shown to affect shyness and self-esteem. We...

Author(s): Minako Ohmura, Yayoi Kojima, Yojiro Nakata and Yoko Sawamiya

Effect of infidelity therapy on improving mental health of betrayed women

March 2015

The aim of this work is to assess the effectiveness of infidelity therapy on improving mental health of betrayed women. Procedure of sampling was purposeful in which 15 wives (20-35 years old) who had experienced betrayal were participating in group psychotherapy sessions after preliminary interview. Fifteen betrayed women were included. Infidelity therapy sessions at three stages were held for them. They were assessed...

Author(s): Mehrangiz Shoaa Kazemi and Mehravar Momeni Javid

Relationship between self-efficacy, task value, self-regulation strategies and active procrastination among pre-service teachers in colleges of education

March 2015

This study examined the relationship between self-efficacy, task value, self-regulation and active procrastination of pre-service teachers enrolled in the colleges of education in Northern-western Nigeria.  Samples of the study consist of 426 (223 males, 203 females) pre-service teachers with a mean age of 22.12 years.  A descriptive correlation research design was employed to address the research...

Author(s): Ali Abdullahi Taura, Maria Chong Abdullah, Samsilah Roslan and Zoharah Omar

Perceived psycho-social and school factors contributing to malpractices in internal examinations among secondary school students in Kakamega-Central Sub-county: Implications for counseling

March 2015

Examination malpracticeis rated as one of the greatest problems that undermine the foundation of educational practicein Kenya today. The magnitude of the problem and the dangers posed bythe phenomenon have been identified by stakeholders as national malady that requires drastic solution.  Thus, this study attempted to investigate the view of students about the psycho-social and school causes of and roles of...

Author(s): Patricia Naliaka, Peter Odera, and Moses Poipoi

Dual relationships and boundary crossing: A critical issues in clinical psychology practice

March 2015

The issue of boundary and dual relationship has been a major subject of concern in psychological practice. Ethics complaints on dual relationship and boundary crossing continue to rise both in nature and variety. This paper examined and shed light on the complexities surrounding dual relationship and boundary crossing in clinical psychology by explaining the pertinent moral and clinical worries that clinical...

Author(s): Olusegun Emmanuel Afolabi

“They will not even give me a cup of water”: Stress and coping among women living with HIV in Southern India

March 2015

Limited research has examined the mental health of women living with HIV and AIDS in low and middle income countries such as India. This exploratory study examined distress and coping among twenty HIV positive women in rural southern India. Focus groups were conducted in Tamil, and coded for thematic content. Women were asked about hardships, support from the community, and preferred forms of coping. Several themes...

Author(s): Meghan Hunter, Rachel Gray, Courtney Welton-Mitchell and N.M. Samuel

Living a satisfied sexual identity: discovering wonders and unveiling secrets of selected Filipino LGB adults

February 2015

This study employed interpretative phenomenological analysis as an approach in investigating related aspects that constitutes sexual identity satisfaction among selected Filipino LGB adults. The research were participated by 13 self-identified Filipino LGB adults composed of 5 lesbians, 2 gay men, 4 bisexual males and 2 bisexual females through semi-structured interview. Findings revealed three major themes namely:...

Author(s): Angelbert Z. Hernandez and Lucila O. Bance

Information Technology (IT) for teaching and learning

February 2015

The present research discusses the challenges to learning and its methodological principles posed by the new technologies. It will be argued that the integration of new media into learning is a necessary step ensuring the acquisition of the kind of teaching and learning needed for living and working in the knowledge society. In response to a growing dependency on IT technology, learning how to use the IT has become part...

Author(s): Majid Vahedi

Characteristics of excellent Islamic education lecturers in Teaching Education Institute of Malaysia

December 2014

This article aims to discuss the excellent attitude that is practiced by Excellent Islamic Education Lecturer (EIEL) in Teacher Education Institute of Malaysia (TEIM). This excellent attitude is identified through one of a case study that was conducted earlier. This case study is implemented in Teacher Education Institute of Malaysia, Dato’ Razali Ismail Campus (TEIMDRIC) that involved comprehensive interview and...

Author(s): MohdNasri Abdullah and Kamarul AzmiJasmi

Influence of traumatic event(s) and location of residence on fear of crime: A case study of undergraduate students in Nigeria

December 2014

This study investigated the influence of experienced traumatic event(s) (High/Low) and place of residence (on campus/off campus) on level of fear of crime among university students. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey design and gathered data from a randomly selected 281 University students. The sample comprises 184 (65.5%) males and 97 (34.5%) females. Hypotheses generated were tested using inferential...

Author(s): Benjamin O. Ehigie and Fashola Timileyin Mobolaji

Play-based interventions and resilience in children

November 2014

Researchers have long studied the concept of resilience in childhood to better understand why some children thrive despite harsh circumstances whereas others do not. While there is little consensus regarding the definition of resilience or the ability to fully account for successful outcomes in the field, the importance of an individual’s ability to positively adapt is clear (Luthar et al., 2000; Masten, 2001)....

Author(s): Marta Garrett

Psychosocial factors that affect girls’ academic performance in secondary schools in Kenyenya, Kisii county, Kenya

October 2014

Female education is recognized as a critical pathway in promoting social, political and economic development.  In  Kenya,  in spite of the progress made in narrowing the gender gap in education, still some parts of the country record low performance in girls’ education from secondary to tertiary colleges and universities and this not only deprives them of opportunities but also sustains the gender...

Author(s): Beatrice Kwamboka Makworo, Christine M. Wasanga and Wilfrida Olaly

Domestic violence, risky family environment and children: A bio-psychology perspective

September 2014

Though a large body of research has investigated the impacts of domestic violence on adult’s  victims, only few studies has been devoted to the exposure of children’s to probable inter-spousal trauma that disrupts their neurological and biochemical pathways in development. The aim of this paper is to analyze the current empirical research that discusses the biological and psychological inference of...

Author(s): Olusegun Emmanuel Afolabi

A sweet and sour taste: Motherhood as an ambivalent experience in Zambia

September 2014

Motherhood is often a desirable state and frequently results in excitement and happiness associated with expectations of the coming of a new family member. On the other hand, it involves uncertainty related to responsibility and vulnerability which may result in negative experiences. A combination of positive and negative experiences constitutes maternal ambivalence which arises from the contradictory nature of...

Author(s): Lonia Mwape, Katowa-Mukwato Patricia, Dixey Racheal and Maimbolwa Margaret

Parents and HIV/AIDS education in schools in Delta State: A panacea for in-school interventions

July 2014

Basic HIV/AIDS education in schools remains fundamental to the global effort to combat HIV transmission. Although HIV/AIDS education is targeted at all ages, it is most important for young people because they experiment with risky behaviours due to the demands of their developmental stage. This descriptive survey study was carried out to examine the perspectives of parents on the inclusion of HIV/AIDS education in...

Author(s): Florence Ngozi Ugoji and Roland Chukwudi Agokei

From the Universal Primary Education (UPE) to Universal Basic Education (UBE): Implications for counseling in primary and junior secondary schools in Nigeria

July 2014

The Universal Basic Education (UBE) was introduced by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in 1999 to reduce the level of illiteracy, accelerate national development and improve the fallen standard of education as against the crises that besieged the implementation of the erstwhile Universal Primary Education (UPE) scheme that was launched in 1976. The UBE was a major strategy of the government to achieve Education...

Author(s): Joyce Olufunke Ogunsanmi and Francis Olu Ibimiluyi

Memory training and academic achievement in mathematics among basic seven students in Lagos metropolis

June 2014

The study investigates memory training and academic achievement in mathematics among basic seven students in Lagos metropolis who were randomly selected based on scoring after a conducted validated test on memory.  T–test was used to test the three formulated hypotheses. The results revealed that there was significant difference in pre- and post-test mathematics achievement scores of the experimental group....

Author(s): Ayoka Mopelola Olusakin and Akinyemi Anthony Ayeobasan

Knowledge about sexual orientation among student counselors: A survey in Japan

June 2014

This study targeted clinical psychologists engaged in student counseling in Japan and investigated their level of clinical and psychological knowledge about sexual orientation. This study also assessed the relationship between sexuality education and self-learning experiences and knowledge. A questionnaire which included 13 items assessing basic and clinical knowledge about sexuality, experiences regarding education on...

Author(s): Yuka Matsutaka, Teiji Uchino, Nobuko Kihana and Yasuharu Hidaka

A study of seeking guidance and support coping strategy of cancer patients

May 2014

This study on seeking guidance and support coping strategy was conducted with 120 cancer patients of Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Hospital, New Delhi. The study was based on 2×2×2 factorial design experiment with two conditions of mode of treatment (chemotherapy and surgery), two types of extroversion (extrovert and introvert), and two types of neuroticism (emotionally stable and emotionally unstable). Thus, there...

Author(s): Govind Singh Kushwaha

Sexual education of institutionalized minors

May 2014

This research analyzes the common sexual characteristics of the minors who pass part-time or full-time courses in the institution. There is a possibility to implant programs of sexual education in schools which serve children from home with their parents present, and whose parents and teachers could act together to develop their sexuality, bringing a better integration of the children, when they become adults in the...

Author(s): Calixto V. and Frossard P.

The intellectual property of women as it relates to the role of Sabina Spielrein in the lives and works of 20th century male psychologists

May 2014

The research and publications of Carl Jung (1875 to 1961), Sigmund Freud (1856 to 1939), Jean Piaget (1896 to 1980), Lev Vygotsky (1896 to 1934), and Alexander Luria (1902 to 1977) are well known in psychology and education. But who inspired some of the ideas, theories, and research of these noted scientists of the 20th century? The answer is Sabina Spielrein. Spielrein knew these men intimately. She was the first...

Author(s): Aldridge J.

Four hidden matriarchs of psychoanalysis: The relationship of Lou von Salome, Karen Horney, Sabina Spielrein and Anna Freud to Sigmund Freud

April 2014

Sigmund Freud is considered the father and founder of psychoanalysis; however, numerous women contributed to its development and practice. Lou von Salome, Karen Horney, Sabina Spielrein and Anna Freud were instrumental in forming one of the leading psychological theories of the 20th century. Although the implications of each woman’s work are different, they individually made a unique impact on the development and...

Author(s): Jerry Aldridge, Jennifer L. Kilgo and Grace Jepkemboi

Perspectives of mental health professionals on treating refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom

April 2014

Questions about providing mental health care to forcibly displaced individuals in an effective way have long challenged experts (Karachiwalla, 2011; Miller, 1999; Blackwell, 1989). Concerns about the suitability of providing psychological support in the context of significant instability and about the efficacy of Western-derived treatments for an overwhelmingly non-Western population are at the forefront of contemporary...

Author(s): Annelisa P.

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