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After Over a Year of Pandemic: Mental Well-being and Life Satisfaction of Filipino College Students

Renante Adrogado Egcas, Ryan Michael Flores Oducado, Jerome Visperas Cleofas, Judith Solasco Rabacal and Samson Mahidlawon Lausa

Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Volume 29, Issue 4, December 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.29.4.17

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, life satisfaction, mental health, Philippines, students

Published on: 13 December 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been there for over a year and may substantially negatively impact student’s mental well-being. This study aimed to assess the subjective mental well-being and satisfaction with life of Filipino college students. This cross-sectional study involved the analysis of 1,141 college students in the Philippines. The data were collected using the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Results indicated that while 52.8% reported high satisfaction with life, 40.2% had poor mental well-being. Self-reported health status (β=1.899, p=.000), age (β=0.179, p=.000), and year level (β=0.306, p=.000) predicted mental well-being. On the other hand, subjective mental well-being (β=0.736, p=.000), self-reported health status (β=0.967, p=.000), and age (β=0.691, p=.025) predicted life satisfaction. The COVID-19 pandemic has likely affected students’ mental health and well-being. Interventions should be initiated to address the mental health needs of the students during this pandemic and even beyond the health crisis.

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