Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


health behavior pattern, demographic profile, social media, parents, Facebook, YouTube


Amidst the pandemic, social media usage among the population has increased due to easy access to vast information. In particular, parents had been struggling to grasp the constant innovation in technology. This study is a quantitative descriptive study that aimed to answer the perceived effects of social media in the health behavior patterns among the parents of third year Medical Laboratory Science students in De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute when grouped according to their demographic profile. This study utilized convenience sampling as the sampling technique and was able to garner 135 respondents using Yamane’s formula. The questionnaire used in the study was adapted and modified and was answered by the respondents through Google Forms. The results were statistically analyzed using a one-way Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance and Independent T-test. The study concluded that social media, specifically Facebook and YouTube, had affected their health behavior patterns during COVID-19. In contrast, social media had no significant differences in the perceived effects of social media in the health behavior of parents when grouped according to age, sex, educational background, and geographical residence. In line with this, this research had failed to reject the null hypothesis of the study. Researchers recommended expanding further the sample size, including other social media applications, incorporating various health behavior patterns, dissemination of credible health information by government entities and institutions, and enhancement of research methods and procedures.

First Advisor

Maria Teresa F. Mateo