A Pilot Evaluation of Katatagan Online: Benefits and Challenges of an Online Resilience Program in the Philippines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This study examines the feasibility of a virtual peer support resilience program for Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study used a mixed-method design with pre- and post-test surveys measuring adaptive coping; psychological well-being; depression; anxiety; and stress. Interviews and open-ended questions in post-program surveys also elicited reactions; learnings; and suggestions of participants.Seventy-one (71) participants; a majority of whom were female (82%),with ages ranging from 20–65 participated in the program. Paired sample t-tests revealed significant increases in adaptive coping,non-reactivity; resilience; and well-being; and significant decreases in depression and stress symptoms. Participants found the program useful; accessible; and appreciated that it was free. However; they also reported challenges related to connectivity; distractions; and time. Participants reported that the program increased their self understanding; self-care; and resilience skills. Other benefits cited were increased social support; learning from peers; and improved mental health.