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Learned helplessness and fatigue severity as correlates of suicidality among civil servants in Makurdi Metropolis

Jacob Igo

Abstract


This research investigated learned helplessness and fatigue severity as correlates of suicidality among civil servants in Makurdi metropolis. A cross-sectional survey design was used for the study and the researcher used 426 participants in the study 147 (34.5%) male and 279 (65.5%) were female. Their age ranged from 14 – 78 years of age with the mean age of 35.67 (SD = 11.48). Multiple correlation, independent t-test and one way ANOVA was used to test the three stated hypotheses. Finding from the tested hypotheses indicated that learned helplessness and fatigue severity have a significant positive relationship with suicidality among civil servants in Makurdi metropolis. The result also indicated that female participants signifi cantly scored higher on suicidality than their male counterparts. The result further showed that there was a significant difference in the educational qualification of participants and their suicidality tendency among civil servants with SSCE/NCE/ND scorin g higher on suicidality followed by HND/Degree, Ph. D and finally those with Masters Degree. The findings were discussed in line with other related works and it was recommended among others that constant and close availability of counseling psychological s ervices should be provided to civil servants and they should be encouraged to utilize them to reduce their level of suicidality.

Keywords: Learned Helplessness, Fatigue Severity, Suicidality.




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