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ASSESSMENT OF ADOPTION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ONLINE COUNSELLING IN OAU

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY

The use of online counseling services has increased overtime in Nigeria. The counseling service varies; it might be counseling for health, business, marriage or counseling for academic and moral achievement.

According to (Harris Interactive, 2002) stated that more than 100 million people searching the Internet for health information. In this same vein, the demand for actual health care services increasing (Grover, Wu, Blanford, Holcomb, & Tidler, 2002). The need is clear for increased regulation and monitoring of Internet health practices

According to(Stamm, 1998) in his research stated that the practice of online counseling in particular, only a small but significant number of practicing psychologist offer professional services on the internet. As the world technology continues to evolve, the use of internet as a medium for counseling continues to increase.

According to (VandenBos & Williams, 2000, p. 492) stated that with the provision of online counseling service expected to become as routine, readily accessible and expected as the telephone, there must be consistency in the availability of internet.

It is evident according to (see VandenBos & Williams, 2000) that the current online counseling practitioners associated with the American Psychological Association (APA) ranges from 2% for individual psychotherapy via the Internet to 13% to 15% for the use of faxes and e-mail to conduct psychological assessments, evaluations, and family therapy.

Yet, despite a person’s ability to access the Internet and receive mental and behavioral health services, there remain few guidelines, restrictions, or practical suggestions for the practice of online counseling, with the service modality in general remaining complex and controversial (see Akister, 2003; Barak, 1999; Barnett & Scheetz, 2003; Bloom, 1998; Finfgeld, 1999; Fisher & Fried, 2003; Griffiths, 2001; Grohol, 1998; Holmes & Ainsworth, 2004; Hsiung, 2002; King & Poulos, 1999; Koocher & Morray, 2000; ManhalBaugus, 2001; Pomerantz, 2002; Ragusea & VandeCreek, 2003; Rochlen, Zack, & Speyer, 2004; Rosik & Brown, 2001; Shapiro & Schulman, 1996; Stricker, 1996).

It is to this regard that the study wishes to carry out an assessment of adoption and effectiveness of online counseling using Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) as the case study.

1.2 STATEMENT OF RESEARCH PROBLEM

What really instigated the study on assessment of adoption and effectiveness of online counseling in OAU was due to inability of Obafemi Awolowo university students to gain access to counseling services offered by the management. This effect of these difficulties is mostly seen in the new coming students (year one); most of the students don’t know where the counseling unit of OAU is located.

        Secondly the number of students that needs counseling is much thereby increasing the competition for counseling services in OAU.

The use of internet by most of the students to have access to counseling services has increased overtime; even at that there are still some challenges; some of these challenges are unavailability of internet in the school premises, lack of adequate power supply, and lastly the effect of the socio economic background of the students.

1.3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY

The main aim of the study is to carry out an assessment of the adoption and effectiveness of online counseling in OAU. Other specific objectives of the study include:

  1. To examine the effect online counseling services on the moral and the academic achievement of students
  2. To examine the relationship between the effectiveness of online counseling and the well being of OAU students
  3. To investigate on the factors affecting the effectiveness of online counseling in OAU
  4. To discuss the roles of the university management in the adoption of online counseling in OAU
  5. To proffer solution to the above stated problems

1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

The study came up with research questions so as to ascertain the above objectives of study. The specific research questions for the study include:

  1. What are the effect online counseling services on the moral and the academic achievement of students?
  2.  Is there any the relationship between the effectiveness of online counseling and the well being of OAU students?
  3. What are the factors affecting the effectiveness of online counseling in OAU?
  4. What are the roles of the university management in the adoption of online counseling in OAU?

1.5 STATEMENT OF RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

H0: the effectiveness of online counseling services has no significant effect on the well being of OAU students and the school management

H1: the effectiveness of online counseling services has significant effect on the well being of OAU students and the school management

1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY

The study on an assessment of adoption and effectiveness of online counseling in OAU will be of immense benefit to the entire Obafemi Awolowo University; both the management and the students. The study will also be of great importance to the federal government of Nigeria and her citizens as it will discuss the effect of online counseling on well being, the study will also reveal the factors affecting online counseling in Nigeria and OAU. Finally the study will be of immense benefit to other researchers that wishes that carryout similar research on the above topic.

1.7 SCOPE OF STUDY

The study on an assessment of adoption and effectiveness of online counseling is limited to Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

1.8 LIMITATIONS OF STUDY

Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).

Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work

1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS

COUNSELLING: the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems

 


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