Death of a Parent: Its Effects on Students’ Psychological Well-Being and Academic Resilience


The study attempted to find out the effects of parental death on students’ psychological well-being and academic resilience, where majority of them obtained average levels of psychological well-being and academic resilience. The correlation for both variable was found. From the sixty respondents from ages 7-21, majority of them were male, have male deceased parent who had terminal illness as cause of their death, and were ages 7-12 years old when their parents died. Majority of the respondents grief expressions in affect, cognitive and behavioral category were sadness, denial and preoccupation with deceased parent, acting out and crying, respectively. The perceived differences of the effects of parental death based on the gender of the student and the deceased parent/s and the developmental level of student when their parent died were also analysed. Coping strategy used was mostly by getting support from loved ones. Since grief requires understanding from significant adults (such as relatives, guidance counselors, teachers), this study will be beneficial in catering bereaved students through the Guidance and Counseling programs and services in schools.

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Jazmin Joy Dizon, Don Bosco Technical Institute- Tarlac, The Philippines

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Conference: ACP2019
Stream: Psychology and Education

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