Reactions, challenges, and coping resources of college teachers who have encountered students with diagnosed psychological disorders

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology


College of Liberal Arts



Thesis Adviser

Ron R. Resurreccion

Defense Panel Member

Maria Caridad H. Tarroja
Roberto E. Javier, Jr.
Hector M. Perez
Julio C. Teehnakee


This research identified the experiences of college teachers who have encountered students with diagnosed psychological disorders. Respondents are 14 college teachers from the various colleges of a private university. All experiences shared through one on one interview are with students of the same university. This paper presents their reactions, challenges, coping, and recommendations. After conducting a qualitative analysis, it was realized that college teachers share common reactions, challenges, and coping in the situations that they experienced dealing with these students. Various means of reaching out were generally given by college teachers depending on their individual strategies. Behavioral reactions of giving considerations, referring to a professional or an authority, and treating the student normally, as well as the affective reaction of being concerned, were expressed. Challenges relating to the lack of professional skills, balancing considerations given and being fair to other students, and knowing the limits of ones ability to help were typical among participants. Lastly, coping resources relating to seeking knowledge on mental health, seeking assistance from professionals, sharing experiences with other faculty members, and praying were found to be variant. With all these reactions, a typical recommendation for fellow faculty members who might be having similar experiences was to be kind and sensitive to these students. In addition, a typical recommendation for administrators was to provide training on helping skills and early detection of symptoms psychological disorders..

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer disc ; 4 3/4 in.


Students with disabilities--Philippines; Teachers of the learning disabled--Philippines; College teachers--Philippines

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