Posttraumatic Growth among Internally Displaced Persons

Perceived Insecurity, Distress Disclosure, and Social Support as Determinants

  • K S Egbuagu University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • L E Ugwu University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Enwereuzor K Ibeawuchi University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Keywords: Posttraumatic growth, social support, Internally displaced people, perceived insecurity, distress disclosure


This research examined perceived insecurity, distress disclosure, and social support as determinants of posttraumatic growth among internally displaced persons in Plateau State. Using a cross-sectional design, a total of 427 (male = 181, female = 246) participants were selected from Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas in Plateau State. The average age of respondents was 31.53 years (SD = 7.01, ranging from 18-57 years). Three hypotheses were formulated and tested using hierarchical multiple regression analysis. Results of the study revealed a significant negative relationship between perceived insecurity and posttraumatic growth (β = -.22, p< .01), a significant positive relationship between distress disclosure and posttraumatic growth (β = .27, p< .01), and a significant positive relationship between social support and posttraumatic growth (β = .28, p<.01). The findings were interpreted in line with extant literature, and the implications for clinical practice and research were highlighted.

How to Cite
Egbuagu, K., Ugwu, L., & Ibeawuchi, E. (2018). Posttraumatic Growth among Internally Displaced Persons. Journal of Psychology and Sociological Studies, 2(1). Retrieved from