Understanding Women’s Psychological Well-Being in Post- Natural Disaster Recovery


  • Andi Muthia Sari Handayani
  • Nurdin Nurdin




women’s psychological wellbeing, resilient, happiness, post-natural disaster


This study aims to understand psychological conditions of women during post-disaster recovery in Palu
city Indonesia. The ethnic women in Palu city are known as the bulonggo (backbone), which describes their
role, function, and position in the family. The focus of this study is to examine the psychological aspects
of the wellbeing of Kailinese women, especially those who become victims of natural disasters and have
lost their possessions. We conducted a survey on 200 women who live in two districts which experience
severe earthquake and liquefaction. Through a psychological well-being scale adapted from Ryffand Keyes,
the result was analyzed using factor analysis and interview methods. The findings indicate that among six
dimensions of wellbeing proposed by Ryffand Keyes, personal growth and positive relationship are the most
significant contributing factors to Kailinese women well-being during post-disaster recovery. The findings
highlight the important of building personal growth and positive relationship among women community to
develop their ability to recover from natural disaster distress. More importantly, as the personal growth and
positive relationship contribute to Kailinese women’s well-being, their roles as family backbone (bulonggo)
in economics and social is also strengthened.

Author Biographies

Andi Muthia Sari Handayani

Senior Lecturer Department of Islamic Counseling, Faculty of Philosophy, Humanities, and Communication

Nurdin Nurdin

Professor Department of Islamic Economic and Business Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palu, Indonesia



How to Cite

Sari Handayani, A. M. ., & Nurdin, N. . (2021). Understanding Women’s Psychological Well-Being in Post- Natural Disaster Recovery. Medico Legal Update, 21(3), 151-161. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i3.2977