Chronic stressor in cities in Africa – Nigeria

Abidemi R Asiyanbola, Olabisi Onabanjo University

The paper focuses on household crowding/intra-urban travel as a chronic stressor in Nigerian cities. In this century and in this part of the World, this investigation is particularly timely because the pace of urbanization since the Second World War has accelerated markedly and is expected to continue to do so. The null hypotheses tested in the paper are that: (i) there is no relationship between household crowding, intra-urban travel and psychological well being; there is no intra-urban variation in the experience of household crowding and intra-urban travel; (iii) there is no relationship between socio-economic variables and household crowding/intra-urban travel. Variables used in the analysis includes: household crowding variables both objective and subjective components; weekly trips for various purposes; socio- economic variables and psychological well-being variables. Policy implications of the findings are discussed in the paper. The data used is from a larger household survey carried out in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Presented in Poster Session 1