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Evaluation of a Group-Based Resilience Intervention for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
Psychology Department Faculty Publications
  • Ma. Regina Hechanova, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Pia Anna P Ramos
  • Lynn Waelde
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This study evaluated the impact of Katatagan, a culturally adapted, group-based, and mindfulness-informed resilience intervention developed for disaster survivors in the Philippines. The intervention aimed to teach six adaptive coping skills: harnessing strengths, managing physical reactions, managing thoughts and emotions, seeking solutions and support, identifying positive activities, and planning for the future. Pre- and post-intervention assessments were conducted with 163 Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Six-month follow-up assessments were obtained for 37 participants. Pre- and post-results showed improvements in participants’ self-efficacy on all six coping skills. The 6-month follow-up revealed significant improvements in four of the six coping skills. Focus group discussions conducted at follow-up revealed that mindfulness, self-care, strengths, and reframing were some of the topics that were most memorable to participants. Among these, participants identified mindfulness as a skill that they continued to use. Participants also shared that they felt stronger because of the intervention and have shared what they learned with others in their communities.

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Hechanova, M., Waelde, L., & Ramos, P. (2016). Evaluation of a Group-Based Resilience Intervention for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 10, E12. doi:10.1017/prp.2016.9