Society of African Journal Editors

Journal of Education in Developing Areas

COUNSELLING NEEDS OF EX-CONVICTS AS PERCIEVED BY COUNSELLORS IN RIVERS STATE

Authors: Sarah Nkemakola Ahiakwo

Journal: Journal of Education in Developing Areas

The study focused on counselling needs of ex-convict as perceived by counselors in Rivers state. Two specific objectives, research questions and one hypotheses guided the study. The researcher used descriptive survey design for the study. A total of 74 participants drawn from a population of 232 practicing counselors in Rivers state were used. They were drawn using snowball sampling sampling technique. The instruments for the data collection was tagged “Counselling for Ex-convict Social Inclusion Questionnaire” (CESIQ). The instrument was designed in a 4-point Likert scale Validity of the instruments was determined using experts validation process while Cronbach Alpha was used in determining a reliability index of 0.84. Item by item analysis as well as independent t-testwas used in testing the hypothesis. Findings showed that ex-convicts don’t have educational needs while on the other hand they needed vocational as well as personal and psychosocial help from counselors. Also, there was no difference (p=0.87>0.05) in the perception of male and female counselors on counselling needs of ex-convict in Rivers state. Recommendation among others was that the government should set up a rehabilitation and monitoring mechanism that will take care of the needs of the ex-convicts after incarceration.