oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - The buffering effects of social support on personality dispositions of victims of a stressful life events: the case of Vesico-Fistula (VVF) victims



Social support and personality variables have been argued to mediate the effects of stressful life event. This study examined the effects of these factors on the well-being of VVF victims in a national study. Data were collected through questionnaire on 230 VVF and Non-VVF victims across Nigeria. It was observed that the VVF victims enjoy a fairly positive social support and as such have healthy personality dispositions in that VVF victims were frequently visited by significant others at the hospitals/centres and their husbands did not take other wives as a result of this affliction. Also, it was found that the victims experience low depression and general psychopathology, high self-esteem and nAch. It was suggested that the type of social support received by these victims could be responsible for these favourable personality dispositions.


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