Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 9 - 2020
Psychological Factors Influencing Trichotillomania among Secondary School Adolescents in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria
Ekechukwu Rosemary Obiagaeri* and Isukwem Gideon Chidozie
Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Ekechukwu Rosemary Obiagaeri, Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Received: July 15, 2020; Published: August 18, 2020


The study investigated psychological factors influencing trichotillomania among secondary school adolescents in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The study adopted the ex-post-facto research design. Three research questions as well as three corresponding hypotheses guided the study. The population of the study will be made up of all 14,784 senior secondary school students (SSS 1, 2 and 3) in 16 public secondary schools in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. A sample of 300 students were randomly and independently selected for the study using the purposive sampling technique. Four instruments (questionnaire) were used for data collection, namely: Massachusetts General Hospital Hair Pulling Scale (MGH-HPS), Anxiety Scale (AS), Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI), and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSS). The instruments were designed on a four point Likert scale of Strongly Agree (SA) = 4, Agree (A) = 3, Disagree (D) = 2 and Strongly Disagree (SD) = 1. The Cronbach Alpha reliability was used to establish the internal consistency reliability coefficients of 0.71, 0.81, 0.76 and 0.69 respectively. Responses to the research questions were analyzed with mean and standard deviation, while the hypotheses were tested with t-test statistics. The findings of the study showed that depression and anxiety significantly influence trichotillomania among secondary school adolescents whereas self-esteem does not. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that counseling for adolescents with trichotillomania should be encouraged in schools with the aim of improving students’ mental health and pro-social skills.

Keywords: Psychological Factors (Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem); Trichotillomania


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Citation: Ekechukwu Rosemary Obiagaeri and Isukwem Gideon Chidozie. “Psychological Factors Influencing Trichotillomania among Secondary School Adolescents in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria”. EC Neurology 12.9 (2020): 42-49.

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