COVID-19 Pandemic Parental Burnout and the Lived Experiences of Selected Parents with School Aged Children: Basis for an Intervention Program

Authors : Monica Q. Caponpon; Dorothea C. Dela Cruz

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 6 - June

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The novel coronavirus in the Philippines was first identified in January 2020, causing notable changes in Filipino parents’ life. Parenting in the pandemic increased the chances of developing parental burnout syndrome due to different parental roles and other responsibilities, which was a unique experience since the pandemic is something new to all of us. The respondents of the study are 189 Filipino parents with school aged children who were recruited using different social media platforms. The random sampling method was used for the quantitative and purposive sampling for the qualitative part of the study. A mixed method sequential explanatory design was applied. The result showed that the selected Filipino parents of this study experienced parental burnout. Concerning the three dimensions of parental burnout, it was reported that majority of the respondents experienced exhaustion; The profile variables that affect the development of parental burnout include parenting status, work arrangement, and time for leisure. The overall model of regression analysis such as monthly household income, iii parenting status, number of children, work arrangement, and time for leisure may significantly predict the parental burnout. It was found in the study that a significant difference existed between the level of parental burnout among Filipino parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic and parenting status, work arrangement, and time for leisure. There was no significant difference between the level of parental burnout and monthly household income and the total number of children. A qualitative study was also conducted on 15 Filipino parents who scored high, average, and low on the Parental Burnout Inventory (PBI). Twelve of them are mothers while three are fathers. Three major themes were derived from the qualitative interview. These were bonding and connectedness, distance learning struggles, and adjustment with two sub-themes which are stress and challenge.

Keywords : COVID-19, Parental Burnout, Lived Experiences Of Parents, Balance Between Risk And Resources Theory Of Parental Burnout, Family Stress Model.


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