ERIC Number: EJ932405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Migrant Parents and the Psychological Well-Being of Left-Behind Children in Southeast Asia
Graham, Elspeth; Jordan, Lucy P.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n4 p763-787 Aug 2011
Several million children currently live in transnational families, yet little is known about impacts on their health. We investigated the psychological well-being of left-behind children in four Southeast Asian countries. Data were drawn from the CHAMPSEA study. Caregiver reports from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were used to examine differences among children under age 12 by the migration status of their household (N = 3,876). We found no general pattern across the four study countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Multivariate models showed that children of migrant fathers in Indonesia and Thailand are more likely to have poor psychological well-being, compared to children in nonmigrant households. This finding was not replicated for the Philippines or Vietnam. The paper concludes by arguing for more contextualized understandings.
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, Psychology, Migrants, Well Being, Measures (Individuals), Multivariate Analysis, Mental Health, Fathers, Cultural Context, Family Relationship
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire