International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Problems and Coping Strategies of Internally Displaced Adolescents in Jos Metropolis, Nigeria

The intensity of internal displacement arising from violent conflicts and its dire consequences on the adolescent population over the past year has turned the attention of both local and international agencies to Jos metropolis, where human activities are usually paralyzed because of involuntary temporary relocation. This study therefore investigated the problems and coping strategies of internally displaced adolescents in Jos metropolis. The snowball sampling technique was used to  200 hundred respondents that participated in the research exercise. A self-designed instrument titled “Problems and Coping Strategies of Internally Displaced Adolescents Questionnaire (PCSIDAQ)” was used to collect required information. The results showed that educational and emotional problems are most prominent among internally displaced adolescents. The emotional problems are characterized by memory of fearful events and nightmare. The major coping strategy employed by respondents is repression because they often avoid thinking about their present condition. Respondent were different in their problems and coping strategies on the basis of gender. On the other hand, they were similar in terms of their problems and coping strategies based on age and educational status. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that alternative educational activities should be provided for internally displaced adolescents. Also, trauma counselling should be adequately and readily available for displaced adolescents.

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