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Phases Of Adversities: Understanding The Lived Experiences Of Teenagers Withstanding The Difficulties With Covid Positive Parents

Volume 6 - Issue 4, April 2023 Edition
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Maricel T. Gubat, MEd 1, Eunice Bernadette T. Molina2, Angelica Beatrice M. Alfonso3, Jone Gabrielle A. Malonda4, Almyra B. Pangilinan5 , Juan Miguel B. Lecaros6, Mikaella Haika C. Apolinario7
Compartmentalization, Coping Strategies, Familial Responsibilities, Initial Reaction, Recuperation
Background: In times of familial crisis, especially in the absence of parent(s), commonly faced problems by teenagers include surviving daily, maintaining overall health, and balancing their social, academic, and familial responsibilities. In this regard, the purpose of this paper is to provide a broad understanding of how teenagers withstanding the difficulties of having Covid positive parents. This research also looks into the three (3) phases of teenagers' experience with COVID-19-positive parent(s). Methods: This qualitative study utilized the phenomenological approach. The central question is “How do teenagers withstand the difficulties of having Covid positive parents?”. The necessary set of data was obtained in a semi-structured interview, and themes were formulated from the participants' responses. Findings: Findings showed the different phases the teenagers went through to withstand the difficulties with COVID-19 positive parents through a three-phase timeline. It is composed of three themes with three sub-themes each, namely: Initial reaction with the sub-themes of Academic Performance, Apprehension and, Awareness; Compartmentalization with the sub-themes of Optimism, Communication and, Self-management; and Recuperation with the sub-themes of Determination, Self-Growth and, Reassurance. Conclusion: In conclusion, the teenagers withstand the difficulties encountered through optimism, communication, self-growth, and reassurance that helped develop their problem-solving skills and independent capacities, leading them to overcome their fear, worry, and anxiety and manage their social, familial, and academic responsibilities. Recommendation: It is advised to future researchers to use the findings of this study as an introduction to a comprehensive study about the struggles of teenagers with COVID-19-positive parents.
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