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Ecology of Psychological Well-being: Children’s Visualizations of Happiness in Critically Typhoon-Affected Coastal Communities

Authors / Editors: Abigail Del Puerto, June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez Botor, Nephtaly Joel B.


ABSTRACT

How do people in the different stages of life visualize happiness after a major disaster? This question was explored, from a qualitative standpoint, after a series of psychosocial activities were facilitated among children in communities affected by typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in the Visayas. These activities were an essential component of the needs and resource mapping (NaRM) model designed by Citizens’ Network for Psychosocial Response in Disasters (CNetPSR) and Balik Kalipay Center for Psychosocial Response to enlighten the development and implementation of future MHPSS programs anchored on well-being rather than solely on clinical model. Drawings and narratives of the children survivors were recorded and content analyzed to identify recurrent elements and patterns in the participants’ construal of happiness. Emergent themes were interpreted using the human ecological lens vis-à-vis pre- and post-disaster needs and well-being. Most importantly, future directions for evidence-based practices in assessing and responding to psychosocial needs were suggested as well as the stake of human ecology in responding to psychosocial needs were suggested as well as the stake of human ecology in responding to such needs.