Psychological Vulnerabilities and Mental Health Measures of the iGeneration Students

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Karryl Mae C. Ngina Liza A. Ngiao Joel V. Lubrica Editha A. Grande


This study looked into the psychological vulnerabilities such as depression, anxiety, stress, and self-harming behavior of iGeneration students. The scales used were the DASS-21 scale and the Self-harm Inventory among the iGeneration in a Philippine local university. The baseline data were then used to develop curriculum interventions for selected general education subjects to address the mental health needs of the respondents. On the other hand, life skills and mental health protective behaviors of the iGeneration were analyzed as variables that need to be strengthened in local mental health programs. Notable results show that the mental health needs of the iGeneration are very apparent, especially in terms of their anxiety level where the majority of the respondents were under severe to extremely severe levels. An alarming result is that almost half of the respondents admitted to engaging in self-harming behaviors. Also, around 7% of the 1548 respondents admitted having attempted suicide. On the other hand, only 10% of the surveyed respondents were seeking professional mental health care. For the respondents’ main source of social support, family and friends are the topmost support followed by school and relatives. Only a few had identified religious groups and community groups serve as a source of social support. Also, life skills in communication and interpersonal relations, creative and critical thinking, and decision-making are the top three priority sets of life-skills identified. With such a scenario, it is crucial to enhance and improve collaborative mental health care initiatives for students.

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