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HERDIN Record #: R07-CITU-17100511382671 Submitted: 05 October 2017 Modified: 28 February 2019

Trauma, coping mechanism and level of resilience among selected Filipino soldiers.

Glen Bernard G. Abesia,
Giles Earvin  N. Mahinay,
Zidrick Jose B. Naces,
Cherry Pie V. Pedraza,
Jufel C. Vilocura,
Michelle  A. Cellona

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Resilience is one of the key factors why Filipino soldiers continue their service despite their experience adversities in their war exposures. However, it is difficult to achieve resilience depending only at one point. Soldiers face many adversities such as witnessing how war casualties take place. By these adversities they tend to become vulnerable from trauma and anxiety, some if not treated can develop psychological problems such as Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and other problems. To evade this problem, the Armed Forces of the Philippines implemented resilience enhancement programs to protect the welfare of Filipino soldiers. Over decades, there were few investigations prior to the resilience of Filipino soldiers, thus the researchers came into a study to determine more factors that can potentially contribute to the development of resilience of Filipino soldiers. Using qualitative method, researchers utilized unstructured interview to determine potential factors that can strengthen the level of resilience of Filipino soldiers. The researchers found out that Filipino soldiers rely most to their social relationships such as their family and comrades. By this factor, Filipino soldiers seek positive social support to deal their problems effectively thus is considered as a way to cope with their problems and become resilient. Aside from the social relationships, research participants rely also to their self and religious faith. From these findings, the researchers recommend replication of the study with the same profile of research participants to strengthen the proposed program and for them to be helped with their traumatic experiences from their war exposures.

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Publication Date
March 2016
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Cebu Institute of Technology University Fulltext Print Format (Ask the Information Officer)