Investigating Interpersonal Conflict as Predictor of Psychological Adjustment among Students of Tertiary Institutions in Taraba State, Nigeria

Umar Jirah Fwafu, Dr Aminu Sani, Jatau Seikhan Nathan & Frank Patience Olivia


This study examined interpersonal conflict as predictor of psychological adjustment among students of tertiary institutions in Taraba State. The researchers formulated three research objectives and three research questions to guide the study. The study adopted the correlational research design. The population of the study was 56,080 students in 10 tertiary institutions in Taraba State. 382 respondents were sampled from 4 tertiary institutions.  The instruments used for the study were Interpersonal Conflict Questionnaire (ICQ) and Psychological Adjustment Questionnaire (PAQ). The data collated were analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC). The result revealed that there is a significant relationship between inter-personal conflict and depression, stress and self-esteem among students of tertiary institutions in Taraba State, Nigeria. It was therefore, recommended that counsellors should work in conjunction with the school management through workshops and seminars to sensitize students on the need to adjust to interpersonal conflict whenever it arises so as to avoid depression, stressful experiences and low self-esteem among them in tertiary institutions in Taraba State, Nigeria.

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