Rape Post –Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Perception of Female Young Adults

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume III, Issue II, February 2019 | ISSN 2454–6186

 Rape Post –Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Perception of Female Young Adults

Peter Unoh Bassey, Omori, Anne Emmanuel

Ph.D, University of Calabar, Nigeria

Abstract: – Millions of women and young girls all over the world are sexually abused, humiliated and traumatized. This study attempts to bring to the limelight the perception of young female adults on rape post-traumatic stress symptoms in Nigeria. Although several studies have examined rape and Posttraumatic stress disorder among women in developed countries, only a few study explicitly examined rape post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and perception using a population in Nigeria. Therefore this study investigated rape post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and perception of young female adults in Nigeria. This study adopted a descriptive survey design. The sample comprised 225 female drawn from four faculties in University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria through multi stage sampling technique. The instruments for data collection were Rape Post-traumatic Stress Symptom(r = 0.68) and Student Perception Rating (r= 0.64) Scales. The data collected was analyzed using simple percentage, frequency count, and inferential statistic of independent t-test. The results revealed among others that rape events are prevalence among young female adult. Also, young female adult have had experience of different rape traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The study suggests that the inclusion of sex education at all levels of education will create more awareness and enable students to learn from their peers’ diverse experiences and professional circumstances can meaningfully impact and assist students perceptions and understanding of handling rape post-traumatic stress disorder.

Keywords: Perception, Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, Rape, Young female adults


The alarming increase in the number of reported cases of sexual abuse in the national dailies is becoming an issue of great concern even though majority of cases are not reported. Chukwuma, Osakwe, Ekpenyong and Imona (2003) in their Project Alert on Violence Against Women (PAWAW), a Non-governmental Organization, in its Annual Report of attacks on women in Nigeria and about forty six (46) cases of alleged rape of children, women and young girls (December 2004- November 2005).

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