This quasi-experimental research aimed to examine the effect of the life purpose (PIL) program on Juvenile Delinquents with a history of alcohol use detained at the Juvenile Detention Centre. Two Juvenile Detention Centers, located in southern Thailand, were selected by simple random sampling. The activities were conducted from June to August 2022. The follow-up process was conducted twice in October and December 2022.
The experimental group received the PIL program for 8 weeks. The control group received the routine care program. Participants’ wellness was measured using the Wellness Scale (WS). The WS was tested for reliability with 30 juvenile delinquents, using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, which yielded a value of 0.92. The demographic data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. A comparison of differences in demographic data of the two groups was analyzed using inferential statistics. A comparison of differences in WS scores of the two groups was analyzed using an independent sample t-test. The longitudinal data of WS were analyzed using a multilevel mixed effects model.
The findings revealed that the mean scores of wellness of the experimental group were higher statistically significant than the control group at Follow up 1 and Follow up 2, t = -6.101 (p<0.001) and t = -2.856 (p<0.008) respectively. When analyzing longitudinal data to study the change in the mean score on WS by controlling the influence of variables found that the experimental group had a change in the WS score statistically significant (β =3.746, p=0.037). Authors:
Karnsunaphat Balthip, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Chutarat Sathrapanya, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Napakkawat Buathong, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Sirimas Phoomchaiya, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Sarana Suwanruangsri, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Palida Nudla, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
About the Presenter(s)
Dr Karnsunaphat Balthip is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University in Thailand
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