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Resilience as a protective factor in coping with trauma among congolese urban refugee women in Kenya

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Njoroge, Margaret Wanjiku and Njoroge, Mary Mukami
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Social Sciences and Humanities
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Despite urban refugees constituting more than half of the world’s refugees, not so much attention has been paid to their mental wellbeing. Refugees face many challenges in their country, during flight and settlement as asylum seekers. In spite of facing such difficulties many refugee people demonstrate enormous strength and resilience that facilitates their mental wellbeing as they process the trauma experienced. The purpose of this study was to investigate aspects of resilience amongst Congolese urban refugee women in Kenya. The study applied ex-post facto correlational research design. The sample comprised of 64 Congolese refugee women in Kitengela and Rongai urban setups. Data was collected using a resilience scale, social support scale and self appraisal scale. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics with the aid of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows Version 17. The study found that majority of the refugee women had high resilience and this had an effect in dealing with their traumatic experiences. Additionally, internal resources (self efficacy and self esteem), and social support has had a positive effect on refugee’s resilience.

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