UNDERSTANDING THE COPING STRATEGIES OF SELECTED FILIPINOS VICTIMIZED BY TYPHOON ONDOY ACROSS LIFESPAN

Karen Katrina Trinidad | Evette Marie Baticula | Mara Shannen Buelos |

September 24, 2019
Psychology

This empirical phenomenological study aimed to identify and understand the coping strategies of selected Filipinos victimized by Typhoon Ondoy across lifespan. Specifically, this study intended to (a) determine the lived experiences of the participants pertinent to typhoon Ondoy, (b) identify the coping strategies of the participants, (c) establish an eidetic symbol of the study, and (d) differentiate the coping strategies of selected Filipinos across age groups. The researchers interviewed 15 participants from Marikina City who were victims of typhoon Ondoy. Transcribed interviews were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. IPA yielded three themes common among participants' lived experiences - (a) Ondoy as a tragic incident, (b) Ondoy as an unusual encounter, and (c) Ondoy as a life changer. Results showed that Filipinos cope by (a) receiving social assistance which can be classified into two sub-themes namely - external aid and support from kin, (b) employing mitigative measures, and (c) turning to faith. Eidetic symbols of the study were also established. Conclusion and limitation are discussed.

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