Sociodemographic, Posttraumatic Growth, And Emotional Intelligence Impact On Substance Abuse Resiliency Development Of Filipinos

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Rose May B. Briones , Rosalia T. Caballero , and Johnny B. Decatoria


The impact of drug addiction cannot be underestimated globally. It created havoc on communities, families, and human lives. Previous literature shows that out of the immense number of substance abusers, only a few have been able to fully recover from the misery of being a victim of addiction. Anchored on Posttraumatic Growth Theory, Emotional Intelligence Theory, and Resiliency Theory, this study specifically delves into three mitigating factors for sustaining drug abuse resiliency namely; socio-demographic, posttraumatic growth, and emotional intelligence among 202 Filipinos who had undergone rehabilitation in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the Philippines. Results of the structural equation modeling (SEM) revealed that emotional intelligence has no significant relationship with resiliency while post-traumatic growth has a positive significant relationship with resiliency. This then implies that post-traumatic is a predictor of resiliency but with a small effect. Moreover, participants who were older and stayed longer in the rehabilitation facility have lower resiliency levels while those participants who have more children show a higher level of resiliency. The findings from the dataset are essential as it provides useful information to help treatment rehabilitation centers have a sound basis in crafting programs that will rebuild and enhance the resiliency of substance abusers, thereby bringing them back to the fold.   

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