Coping mechanism on family separation of foreign students in De La Salle Health Sciences Institute

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Adjustment (Psychology), Family Separation, Foreign Students


The researchers used descriptive, non-experimental research design. The respondents of the study were foreign students with citizenship other than just Filipino, male or female, ages 18-50 years old, currently enrolled in DLSHSI SY 2015-2016 across colleges, separated from their parents regardless of time and either living with a relative or living alone. The respondents were selected using the purposive sampling. The tool used was the Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WAYS) by Lazarus and Foldman. Data was analyzed using percentage distribution, mean, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), standard deviation, and t-test. The study arrived at the following conclusions: (1) most of the respondents were 18-20 years old, male, currently taking nursing course, have dual citizenship, living alone and have been living in the Philippines for less than 6 months; (2) the coping mechanisms on family separation used most of the times of the respondents were positive reappraisal, accepting responsibility, planful problem solving, and self-control and distancing. Coping mechanisms used sometimes only were: seeking social support, escape-avoidance and confrontive coping. The age and course of foreign students did affect their coping mechanism on family separation while their citizenship, living condition and time away from parents did not affect their coping mechanism on family separation.

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