This research paper have employed an exploratory qualitative research design in order to acquire a thorough and clear picture of the stressors and coping mechanisms among Lebanese students during and after the COVID-19 quarantine. The qualitative method that has been adopted into this research is the phenomenological method, which is based on the perspectives and insights of the participants to describe the occurring phenomenon. Colaizzi’s phenomenological approach focuses on participants ‘perceptions and emotions, and seeks similar characteristics among research subjects rather than individual features (Shosha 2012). The epistemological approach that supports this study is an objective one. Epistemology is an inference that we build regarding the type of knowledge (Richards 2003) and how we interpret the world (Crotty 1998) and think critically of it. Simply stated, it is nature and form, the way information is gained and conveyed. As far as ontological and epistemological practices are concerned, two distinct philosophies exist: Objectivism/Positivism and Interpretivisim/Constructivism. Information is perceived as hard, observable, empirical, stable and value-free from a positivist/objectivist viewpoint, where an investigator separates himself from the investigation so as to simply analyze, calculate and evaluate, etc., with no effect on the results. In contrast, from an interpretivist and constructivist point of view, information is seen as contextual, intimate, special and dynamic where researchers are concerned with the participants. While the previous is highly connected with the practice of quantitative analysis, the latter is connected to the tradition of qualitative design. The ontological presumption thus affects our epistemological tendency, which in turn determines the process and nature of science. The analytical methods of our research are framed by the interpretivist/constructivist tradition, which is phenomenological qualitative architecture (Schmitt 2017).

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