Title

Filipino domestic workers and their capacity development

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Counseling and Educational Psychology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Volume

59

Issue

6

First Page

824

Last Page

841

Publication Date

11-1-2019

Abstract

This study explored the day-to-day experiences of female Filipino domestic workers in Singapore, including their working conditions, employee–employer relationships, and psychological health. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women. Using grounded theory, the emergent themes revealed high levels of variation, both within and between women, suggesting that the quality of domestic workers’ lives depends largely on the personal characteristics of their employers or the workers themselves, rather than on any system of protection. More importantly, participants displayed positive and resilient coping strategies which enabled them to thrive despite restrictive circumstances. Implications pertaining to capabilities and empowerment development were discussed. © The Author(s) 2016.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0022167816654357

Disciplines

Psychology

Keywords

Foreign workers, Filipino--Singapore--Social conditions; Household employees--Singapore--Social conditions; Vocational qualifications--Singapore

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