Towards Creating Effective Strategies for Communicating with Victims of Trauma in Nigeria


    The rising incidence of trauma cases in Nigeria poses a significant challenge to the well-being of individuals and communities, necessitating effective communication strategies for supporting victims. This exploratory study, grounded in Social Cognitive Theory, explores the multifaceted landscape of trauma communication within the Nigerian context. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the study relied on recent research and empirical studies to address key issues on the subject. The article focuses on the importance of understanding cultural nuances and tailoring communication strategies to diverse backgrounds. Building on three key research questions with a focus on methods of communicating with trauma victims, barriers to communicating with them and strategies tailored towards meeting the cultural needs of trauma victims, the study discusses the implications of its findings, highlighting potential avenues for further research. The conclusion underscores the importance of a multi-faceted and culturally sensitive approach to trauma communication in Nigeria. The recommendations provide actionable insights for stakeholders, including de-stigmatization campaigns, community-based mental health programmes, cultural competence training, and the integration of technology. These recommendations aim to guide policymakers, mental health professionals, the media and community leaders in developing effective and culturally informed communication strategies for trauma victims in Nigeria to manage the rising situation.

    Keywords: Communication, Trauma, Barriers, Victims, Nigeria.


    author/Hassan, J.T., Ibrahim, Z.A., Abdulmumini, A. & Amos, V.

    journal/Tasambo JLLC | 15 February 2024 |  Article 08