Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 12, No. 1, 2014
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/4102.21.0160

Influence of Gender and Locus of Control on Post-Conflict Mental Health Measurements of Students in Jos Plateau State Nigeria

DARAMOLA, A S. and Ndu A.O

Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria


This study examined the influence of gender and locus of control on post conflict mental health of senior secondary school students in Jos, plateau state of Nigeria, Jos city had experienced a number of religious and ethnic conflicts in recent times (2001, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012). The survey method made use of a combination of General Health Questionnaire and Rotter s locus of control scale. 200 senior secondary school students participated ill the study, 98 (49%) were males and 102 (51%) were females. All the participants had experienced at least two religious crises in Jos. Fifty-nine per cent (59%) had internal locus of control while forty-one per cent (41 %) had external locus or control. The result of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) indicated statistical significant effect of gender all post-conflict mental health(p <0. OS) while locus of control significantly influenced post-conflict mental health (p< 0.05), In conclusion the study shows the influence of gender and locus of control on post-conflict mental health of senior secondary school students ill conflict area. It also shows that gender and locus of control do not have significant interaction effect on the students’ post -conflict mental health.

Keywords: Mental Health, Post conflict, Locus of control, Mental Health Care, mental health gap, conflict areas


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