Stressors and Coping Mechanisms of the Children of Abra Bahay Pag-asa
Keywords:Stress, stressors, coping mechanisms, children, Philippines
This study was designed to determine the profile, the stressors and coping mechanisms of the 18 children of Abra Bahay Pag-asa during this pandemic. The qualitative method of research was utilized. An interview schedule was used to elicit the needed data in this study. The interviews were done via the Zoom platform. The data gathered were presented and treated using thematic analysis through the generation of codes and themes for the final write-up. The study revealed that almost all the children are teenagers, most of them are enrolled in the Senior High School and College levels and most of their case category is rape. Moreover, the children experienced several stressors particularly about the status of their cases, the situation of their families back home, their modular learning, and their mutual relationships. Nevertheless, the children employed active and positive coping mechanisms to alleviate their worries. Specifically, these were performing productive tasks, engaging in recreational activities, seeking social support, and spiritual activities. As a recommendation, Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology through the College of Teacher Education may establish a linkage with the Provincial Government of Abra through and Extension Program on juvenile empowerment for the children of Abra Bahay Pag-asa to include literacy and numeracy; arts and music; life skills training; mental health and stress management. Additionally, other studies may be conducted again among the children to look into other aspects or factors on their personality development and rehabilitation process.
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