Title

Providing psychological services for children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs): A challenge for school psychologists in the Philippines

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Document Type

Archival Material/Manuscript

Abstract

In the last 30 years, there has been a rapid increase of Filipino parents leaving the country and their families for better job opportunities abroad. Existing literature point out the impact of migration on the families and on the well-being, academic performance and school behaviors, family and peer relationships of the children left behind, and the need for interventions to address these concerns. A review of the literature and a survey on the current practices in schools reveal a lack of structured and programmatic interventions in school, which mental health professionals in schools recognize to be essential to help OFW children adjust better. Considering the gaps in the current practice, we recommend that more purposive school-based and family-focused psychological services are implemented to help the children and families left behind by OFW parents.

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Disciplines

Educational Psychology | Psychology

Keywords

Children of migrant laborers—Philippines—Psychology; Children of migrant laborers—Education—Philippines; Children of migrant laborers—Services for—Philippines

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