Age and Gender in Relation to Resilience After the Experience of Trauma among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in Kiambaa Village, Eldoret East Sub-County, Kenya
Lenah J. Sambu, Sibusiso Mhongo

Horrific events often come with shock, denial and long term reactions which include unpredictable emotions, flashback, strained relationships and even physical symptoms such as headaches and nausea. Trauma can be an overwhelming concept and it affects individuals, families and communities. It is necessary, however, that the affected individuals get help to recover and carry on with their lives normally. This paper sought to establish how age and gender relate to resilience among traumatized internally displaced persons in Kiambaa Village, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. Findings were presented in form of tables, cumulative frequency counts, graphs and charts. The study found out that gender had a greater influence on individuals‟ resilience levels; age was also a contributing factor. Individuals between the age of 56 and 77 years were associated with higher levels of resilience while those aged 35-55years showed moderate resilience. The younger age group of 20-35years had the least level of resilience. The study recommends that there is need to strengthen these factors in intervention strategies of individuals facing extreme stress after adversities to enable them to overcome the traumatic situations. More focus should be put in the helping of women and younger age groups.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jpbs.v7n1a4