Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

Effects of the Basic Training Programme on Intra-Personal Coping and Communication Skills of the Personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Benue State Command

Academic journal article Ife Psychologia

Effects of the Basic Training Programme on Intra-Personal Coping and Communication Skills of the Personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Benue State Command

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This study investigated the effect of Basic Training Programme on Intra-personal coping and communication skills of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel, Benue State Command. Three hypotheses guided the study. 238 out of the 650 personnel in the Benue Command formed the sample. A self structured questionnaire "Impact of Basic Training Programme on Intrapersonal Coping and Communication Skills Questionnaire (IBTICSQ)" was used to elicit information from the respondents. Data was analyzed using frequencies, percentages t-Test and chi-square statistics. The results indicated Basic Training Programme has significant effect on intra-personal coping skills (X^sup 2^ = 145.36, df 1, P<.0005) and communication (X^sup 2^ =142.25, df 1, P<.0005). The study also established that there was significant gender difference ( t=3.007, df = 236, P<.003) on the Impact of Basic Training Programme on intra-personal coping and communication skills of NSCDC personnel. It was recommended that the command should be encouraged to establish counselling units in all their area commands which will be manned by professional counsellors among others.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) is one of the Para-militaiy security units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Her functions are stated in Section 3(1) of the NSCDC Amendment Act No.6. 2007. They are specifically charged with the following functions and power: Maintenance of peace and order, protection and rescuing of civil population during periods of emergency, repatriation, inspection, monitoring, training of private guard companies, anti vandalism information in any matter relating to crime, riot , strike, terrorism, religious unrest , meditation and settlement of disputes among willing members of the public .

For effective performance and adjustment on the job, corps members are expected to attend regular trainings. Abolurin (2005) and Bello (2007) outlined training programmes organized for and attended by the Civil Defence personnel as: Basic training, disaster management, public relations, fire fighting, management courses, criminal prosecution and conflict management, intelligence gathering, investigation, surveillance, crime detection, counter terrorism, fraud detection, basic elements of law, crowd and traffic control in addition to basic drill movements mandatoiy for eveiy paramilitaiy personnel. The Basic Training Programme is the initial training programme where the personnel are expected to learn the fundamentals of being corp members and techniques on rescue operations, public relations, interpersonal skills development, intrapersonal coping skills, information gathering and management,

communication skills, crowd control, peace and conflict management among others. Corps members after undergoing this training are expected to adjust socially and psychologically. Psychologically, they are expected to acquire the intra-personal coping skills and communication skills in order to meet the demands of their duties.

Intra-personal coping skills is the process of managing tasking circumstances expending efforts to solve personal and interpersonal problems and seeking to master, reduce or manage stress or conflict. Weiten and Lloyd (2008) assert that intracoping skill is expending conscious effort to solve difficult personal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress. They maintained that coping skills could be divided into three, namelyappraisal focused (adaptive cognitive), problem-focused (any coping behavior that is directed at reducing or eliminating a stressor, adaptive behavioral) and emotionfocused (directed towards changing one's own emotional reaction to a stressor). Worell (2001) observed that appraisalfocused skills occur when the person modifies the way they think, for example: employing denial, or distancing oneself from the problem. In another view, Robinson (2005) maintained that emotionfocused skills involve releasing pent-up emotions, distracting oneself, managing hostile feelings, meditating or using systematic relaxation procedures. …

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