Author: Asad Abbas
Supervisor: Farah Malik, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study investigated the relationship between sense of coherence, hardiness, social support and post-traumatic growth of flood victims. It was hypothesised that there would be a positive relationship between sense of coherence, hardiness, social support and post-traumatic growth of flood victims. It was also hypothesized that sense of coherence, hardiness and social support would predict the post-traumatic growth among flood victims. The sample was taken by using non-probability purposive sampling technique. The sample comprised of 100 adults (50 men and 50 women) from Kacha Village and Mighiana Village of district Jhang which have been badly affected by flood in September 2014. The age range of the participants was 25-54 years (M = 39.15, SD = 7.36). Urdu version of Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (Tedeschi and Calhoun, 1996), Orientation to Life Questionnaire (Antonovsky, 1983), Dispositional Resilience Scale (Bartone, 1995; Bartone et al., 1989) and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet et al, 1988) were used. Correlation, regression and t-test were used for the statistical analysis of the data. The results of Pearson product moment correlation showed significant relationship between sense of coherence, hardiness, social support and post-traumatic growth. The results of hierarchal regression analysis indicated that sense of coherence was positive predictor of post-traumatic growth while hardiness and social support did not predict post-traumatic growth. The results of t-test revealed that there was no gender differences found in post-traumatic growth of flood victims. The results are discussed in the light of cultural and financial difficulties faced by the flood survivors and role of government to manage such disasters.
Keywords: Sense of coherence, Hardiness, Social support, Post- traumatic growth, Flood victims.
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