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Towards a model of resilience for transnational families of Filipina domestic workers
Garabiles,Melissa R.1; Ofreneo,Mira Alexis P.1; Hall,Brian J.2,3
Source PublicationPLoS ONE

Many Filipinos experience poverty and poor employment opportunities. In order to alleviate poverty and provide sufficient resources for their families, numerous mothers leave the Philippines to become domestic workers. The present study aimed to build a model of family resilience for transnational families. A total of 33 participants consisting of Filipino transnational families, domestic workers, and key informants participated in a series of focus group discussions and interviews. A new model of resilience among transnational families of Filipina domestic helpers was created using a constructivist grounded theory approach. The model highlighted how temporal and spatial elements are embedded in collective migration experiences. Family narratives begin with the sacrifice of separation, where mothers leave their families for a chance to solve economic problems. To successfully adapt to their separation, the families undergo five relational processes. First, families communicate across space using technology to bridge relational distance. Second, families restructure across space through role sharing and the validation of each other’s efforts in their family roles. Third, families rebuild ties through temporary family reunification that bridge physical and relational distance. Fourth, families have the collective goal of permanent family reunification by ending migration to become complete again. Fifth, they strive to commit to their families by prioritizing them instead of succumbing to difficulties. Family resilience for transnational migrants is a collectivistic process, negotiated by each family member.

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WOS Research AreaScience ; Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000408365000104
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding AuthorHall,Brian J.
Affiliation1.Department of Psychology,Ateneo de Manila University,,Quezon City,Philippines
2.Global and Community Mental Health Research Group,Department of Psychology,Faculty of Social Sciences,University of Macau,Taipa,,Macau (SAR),Macao
3.Department of Health,Behavior and Society,Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,,Baltimore,United States
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Garabiles,Melissa R.,Ofreneo,Mira Alexis P.,Hall,Brian J.. Towards a model of resilience for transnational families of Filipina domestic workers[J]. PLoS ONE,2017,12(8).
APA Garabiles,Melissa R.,Ofreneo,Mira Alexis P.,&Hall,Brian J..(2017).Towards a model of resilience for transnational families of Filipina domestic workers.PLoS ONE,12(8).
MLA Garabiles,Melissa R.,et al."Towards a model of resilience for transnational families of Filipina domestic workers".PLoS ONE 12.8(2017).
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