Resiliency Levels among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Its Relation to Some Demographic Variables

Ashraf F. Alqudah


Refugees face enormous levels of stress post migration. These levels of stress put the refugees at risk for
psychological and physical problems to add to their already existing burdens. Resiliency is known to reduce risk
for stressors and increase ability to deal with burdens refugees face. 86 Iraqi refugees in Jordan participated in
this study through 7 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working with Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Participants filled out the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) and the Marlowe-Crowne Social
Desirability Scale – Short Form (MC-SDS-SF). Results showed moderate resiliency levels amongst Iraqi
refugees in Jordan. No differences between refugees’ gender, age, and marital status were found. But differences
between educational levels were found, indicating significantly higher resiliency scores for participants of higher
educational levels. Results also showed that spiritual influence was the highest contributor to the refugees’
resiliency. Implications of these results are discussed.

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International Journal of Psychological Studies   ISSN 1918-7211 (Print)   ISSN 1918-722X (Online)

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