The Effectiveness of Life Skills Training on Hope in Boy Adolescent Prisoners in Basra, Iraq

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of educational psychology and counseling, Faculty of psychology and educational sciences, university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 General Directorate of Education in Basrah, Iraq



Introduction: The delinquency of children and adolescents can be considered as one of the most complicated social issues that has engulfed the world today. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of life skills training on the level of hope in adolescent prisoners in the city of Basra, Iraq.
Method: The statistical population of this study included all the delinquent adolescent boys of a prison in the Iraqi city of Basra. The research sample consisted of 40 of these adolescents who volunteered to participate in the research and were then randomly assigned to two experimental and control groups. The tool used in this research was the Snyder Hope Scale. The research design was a pre-test, post-test, and follow-up test. To analyze the research hypotheses, multivariate and single-variable covariance analysis methods were used.
Results: The results showed that life skills training significantly increased the hope and its components (agency and pathway thinking) in the experimental group.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that adolescent prisoners could be trained with life skills to have a better and improved life experience through increased levels of hope.


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