Original Articles

Treating Anti-social Behavior in Adolescents: A Comparison of Multi-modal and Psychodynamic Oriented Group Interventions

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 4, 2011 , pages: 627–632
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820511
Author(s): Abigail Olubola TaiwoUniversity of Ibadan, Nigeria, Helen Ohiokhafe OsinowoUniversity of Ibadan, Nigeria


This study compared the efficacy of a multimodal intervention (MMI) and a psychodynamic oriented group intervention (POGI) on antisocial behavior among Nigerian adolescents. A pretest-posttest design was used. Forty-one adolescents drawn from the streets of a Nigerian city (N =20), and a state child correction facility (N=21) participated in the study. The children were randomly assigned to a MMI, POGI and waiting list control (WLC) groups. Ages ranged from 10 to 18 years (mean =14.5; SD=2.1). Data collected were analyzed using multiple group comparison procedures. Results showed that MMI significantly reduced self-reported antisocial behavior of the adolescents as compared to WLC and POGI, respectively. A multimodal intervention approach appears to be more effective in treating antisocial behavior in adolescents than a psychodynamic oriented group intervention.

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