This study is a pioneering effort of the Psychological Section of the National Center for Mental Health. As basic research, it aimed to determine the efficacy of Cinematherapy as a modeling technique in reducing if not eliminating depressive symptoms so as to increase their competency level and improve their academic performance upon return to school of the 30 Filipino female adolescents aging from 15-18 years old admitted in Zonta, a female adolescents’ pavilion. It employed quasi-experimental design involving the pre-and-post test data of the participants with depressive symptoms. Quantitative evidence was obtained from the administration of Basic Personality Inventory – Filipino Version to determine the change in the depressive level of the participants after watching selected films on self-confidence, persistence, optimistic attitude, sense of obligation and responsibility, and belief in one’s own ability to accomplish/achieve one’s goals for 12 sessions. This help the participants realize the “reel” and real life experiences and that their viewing experience provides them the opportunity to have right perspective outside the experience and discover strengths in the midst of challenges thus, enhance cognitive and emotional skills. Findings showed the decrease depressive level thereby; Cinematherapy is a good therapeutic technique in enhancing competency skills and increasing achievement level of female adolescents to be prepared as they face again the challenges in education.
Patria Sembrana, De La Salle University, Philippines
Nyra Angie Cabantug, National Center for Mental Health, Philippines
Rosalito De Guzman, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
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