Efficacy of Cognitive Restructuring Techniques on Affluenza Syndrome of Nigerian Youths
- Affluenza syndrome, Cognitive restructuring, Confrontation, Rational emotive therapy, Thought-stopping.
Affluenza which is perceived as a culture that places a high value on and being addicted to wealth is a social condition that affects the cognitions, emotions and academic behavior of youths in our contemporary society. These youths are negatively influenced by the affluence and wealth of their parents to the detriment of their academic pursuit. This study is therefore carried out to ascertain the effects of cognitive restructuring (Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), confrontation (CON) and Thought Stopping (TS) in bringing sanity and discipline on Nigerian youths by curbing their affluenza syndrome. The study adopted quasi experimental design. Two research hypotheses guided the study. The sample is made up of 48 students from Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria 2014/2015 academic year struck by affluenza syndrome. Data were collected using researcher- made questionnaire titled “Affluenza Syndrome Identification Questionnaire” (ASIQ). Data collected were analyzed using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The result showed that the three techniques of Cognitive Restructuring Treatment Package-RET, CON and TS were very effective in lowering the level of affluenza syndrome in participants. The result also reveals that there is no gender effect on affluenza syndrome of participants. A finding that translates to the fact that both male and female participants benefited maximally from the three treatment approaches. Useful recommendations were made based on the findings from the study.