Perceived Importance of Social Support on Undergraduates' Academic Resilience in a Nigerian University

Where do Social Workers come in?


  • Chikasie R. Ikpeama University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Uzoma O. Okoye University of Nigeria, Nsukka


academic success, economic success, effective development, increased motivation, social support


Academic success is critical for young people's effective development. Students who perform well in school are better prepared to enter adulthood and attain occupational, social, and economic success. The study aimed to provide fresh insights into how social support might assist university students in sustaining their interest in academics, and more importantly, drive them to excel academically while dealing with psychosocial difficulties at a Nigerian university. A qualitative research methodology was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 students from varying departments. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings of the study indicated that social support is highly valued among Nigerian undergraduates, with practical benefits of increased motivation and better grades. Furthermore, it was observed that family tradition, students' attitudes towards learning, as well as social support, were seen as important factors to consider while attempting to improve undergraduates' academic success. The study recommended that interventions targeted at boosting undergraduates' academic resilience should emphasize the relationship between social support and the learners' attitude towards the learning processes. We also urge various university administrations, social workers, and other stakeholders to provide more opportunities for students’ socialization, expand support services, and ensure that students have access to mental health counselling and other forms of psychological support.

Author Biographies

Chikasie R. Ikpeama, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Department of Social Work

Uzoma O. Okoye, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Department of Social Work




How to Cite

Ikpeama, C. R., & Okoye, U. O. (2024). Perceived Importance of Social Support on Undergraduates’ Academic Resilience in a Nigerian University: Where do Social Workers come in?. Journal of Social Work in Developing Societies, 6(1). Retrieved from