Department: Guidance And Counselling
Low self-concept causes numerous behaviour problems and maladaptive behaviours including poor and under academic performance. Thus, this study investigated the effects of assertiveness training and self-management techniques on the low self-concept of secondary school students in Awka Education Zone. The study was quasi experimental research and the specific design adopted was non-randomized pre-test post-test control group. The population of the study was made up of 750 (seven hundred and fifty) senior secondary 1 and 11 students. A sample of 150 (one hundred and fifty students were obtained for the study through purposive sampling technique. An instrument with adequate psychometric properties – Adolescent Personal Data Inventory, Self-Concept Sub-Scale was used for data collection. The findings of this study indicated that: assertiveness training and self-management techniques were effective in enhancing self-concept among secondary school students, self-management technique was slightly more effective in enhancing self-concept among secondary school students, and no significant difference exists in the effectiveness of assertiveness training and self-management techniques in enhancing male and female secondary school students’ self-concept. Consequent upon the findings, recommendation made was that student guidance counsellors should use assertiveness training and self-management techniques in enhancing secondary school students’ self-concept.