Association of the types of coping, depression, anxiety, and stress among young adult Filipino senior high school students

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Authors: Ian Marie Atasha Serrano, Anne Marie Nicole Cuyugan, Jan Mae Ann Mahusay, Krischel Cruz, Rowalt Alibudbud

 

To cite this article: Serrano, I. M, A., Cuyugan, A. M. N., Mahusay, J. M. A., Cruz, K. & Alibudbud, R. (2024) Association of the types of coping, depression, anxiety, and stress among young adult Filipino senior high school students, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN (online): 2056-2969

Categories: Paper, Youth Voice Journal

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Abstract

Introduction: Depression, Anxiety, and Stress are among the most common mental health issues students experience. However, limited research has been conducted on students’ mental health in the Philippines, resulting in a shortage of information in this context. Thus, this study determined the association between the types of coping, depression, anxiety, and stress among young adult Filipino Senior High School students.

Methods: This cross-sectional study used a survey consisting of self-administered questionnaires, including the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) and the Brief-COPE (Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced), among young adult senior high school students from Metro Manila. A total of 187 participants were recruited for the study.

Findings: The average score of the participants signified mild to moderate anxiety and depression, as well as a normal level of stress. Self-blame was found to be associated with higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. Emotion-focused coping styles such as humor, venting, and acceptance were also linked to depression and stress. No significant associations were found between sociodemographic factors and mental health levels. Further research is needed to understand the reasons behind these findings.

Value: This study provides evidence for Philippine academic institutions to understand young adult Filipino senior high school students’ mental health, which can be used in providing programs for early detection, assistance, and promotion of mental wellness.

Keywords: depression, anxiety, students, coping, school mental health

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