Meaning in Life and Psychological Well-Being among Flood Victims in Pakistan: The Moderating Role of Resilience

Article Title: Meaning in Life and Psychological Well-Being among Flood Victims in Pakistan: The Moderating Role of Resilience

Author: Mazhar Iqbal Bhatti and Asghar Ali Shah

University: International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

Journal: Bahria Journal of Professional Psychology, July 2017, Vol. 16, No. 2, 73-86

Abstract

The main purpose of the present research is to examine the role of psychological wellbeing, meaning in life and the moderating role of resilience among the flood victims. Natural disasters or catastrophes are having a high impact and harmful event, rooted in the natural processes of earth and Pakistan has witnessed these floods in 2007 and 2010. A cross sectional survey research design was used for the present study and a sample size of 400 flood victims (natural disasters) of two districts of Punjab Province was selected. Age of the sample ranged from 25 to 55 years. The measurement scale to collect data from the respondents includes; a) Meaning in Life Questionnaire, b) The Ego Resiliency Scale (ER89), and c) Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale. The study findings revealed that resilience was a moderator between psychological well-being and meaning in life among female and male flood victims in the selected districts. The study recommended that treatment plans should be designed, including psychotherapeutic interventions and counseling strategies for victims of flood to rehabilitate effectively through clinical settings by counseling.

Keywords: Psychological well-being, meaning in life, resilience, flood victims, prevention, Applied research, flood victims

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