STELA BS Psychology Students Triumph in the 2023 Best Student Research – Social Research Category

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s imperative to shine a spotlight on the triumphs and challenges faced by women from all walks of life. In a heartening display of dedication and empathy, a group of students has garnered curiosity for their insightful research shedding light on the experiences of single mothers. Their work not only celebrates the resilience of single mothers but also underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique struggles they endure.

The University of Baguio Research Innovation Extension and Community Outreach (RIECO) is a platform that provides a stage for the brightest minds to shine and offers innovation and discoveries not only to the university but also internationally. Last, October 27, 2023, a search for the best student research was held online via Zoom. Different students from different schools competed, and under the social category the victory of the students from the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, School of Teacher Education and Liberal Arts (STELA) was recognized. They

won first place, with their topic about the struggles of single mother during COVID 19 pandemic entitled “Inang Ilaw at Haligi ng Tahanan: Lived Experiences of Pregnant Single Mothers Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The researchers included Jan Edzel F. Britos, Lara Joi G. Ilumin. Gabrielle Ann Yvonne E. Rocha, and Lead Researcher Mary Joy B. Trillana. Prof. Christian D. Bistayan was their Research Adviser and Prof. Rhoda Marie Carbonel was their Research Professor who gave them exceptional guidance. Also, Dr. Beatriz Dumo, Dr. Michelle Ranges, and Prof. Junix Delos Santos served as their panelists, giving them valuable insights. Prof. Nona Gabriel and Dr. Thea Suaco for their ethical insight as ethics reviewers, while Prof. Leny Estacio served as their tool validator.

The Best Student Research program held via Zoom.

Research is often paved with countless hours of dedication, passion, and an unyielding commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. They showcased a sense of curiosity about single mothers’ experiences within the psychology field. These students delved into the multifaceted lives of single mothers, seeking to understand their daily challenges, aspirations, and triumphs during COVID-19. Through rigorous qualitative analysis, they revealed invaluable insights that enlighten the realities faced by single mothers during COVID-19.

The research findings provide a narrative of the trials and strategies experienced by single mothers. From navigating the challenges of financial constraints, and relationship conflicts, to confronting societal stigma, physical health problems, and negative emotions the research paints a comprehensive picture of the multifaceted challenges these women encounter. Moreover, it highlights the resilience and resourcefulness exhibited by single mothers in overcoming adversity and providing a nurturing environment for their children.

The research emphasizes the significant financial strain faced by single mothers, often exacerbated by limited access to stable employment, not updated laws, and inadequate support systems. However, it also highlights the importance of empowerment and a healthy support environment. The research findings have profound implications for policymakers, advocacy groups, and community stakeholders. By amplifying the voices of single mothers and advocating for targeted interventions and support services, they can collectively work towards dismantling systemic barriers and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.

Moreover, the research serves as a powerful call to action during Women’s History Month, urging us to celebrate the resilience and contributions of single mothers while reaffirming our commitment to gender equality and social justice.

This research serves as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us that the pursuit of knowledge knows no bounds. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us not only honor the trailblazing women of the past but also recognize and uplift the voices of single mothers who embody strength, resilience, and unwavering determination. The research conducted by these students serves as a testament to the transformative power of empathy, advocacy, and solidarity in driving positive change. As we continue to champion the rights and well-being of women everywhere, let us draw inspiration from the remarkable stories of single mothers and strive towards a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and flourish.

If you wish to know more about their research you may contact the researchers directly.

Written by Gabrielle Ann Yvonne Rocha

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