Parents Working Abroad

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PARENTS WORKING ABROAD

Based on surveys and statistical review, some common negative effects of having OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) parents are dropping out of school, taking prohibited medicine, and getting into early pregnancy. These negative effects sometimes occur when children don’t get too much attention from their parent or either guardian who is left behind. Children who don’t have their parents’ guidance can easily be influenced by peers. This is also a reason why “abandoned” children can change their attitudes easily. But besides having negative effects, children having OFW parents also change for good especially those who are in their adolescent age. Their OFW parents serve as their inspiration to do better in their endeavor.

We conducted a survey about the effect of having an OFW parent on their child. We posted a survey in facebook consisting of three questions that would determine the possible effects of the said situation. We got 12 respondents, 5 boys and 7 girls. We limited the survey to college students who are second year students.

Do you have parents working abroad? If YES, which of them?
A. Mother
B. Father
C. Mother and Father

Is your father/mother who went abroad strict/disciplinary?
A. Yes
B. No

When your mother/father left, which of the following changes have you experienced? A. I had my freedom, going home any time, going to parties, having vices, getting low grades, and having intimate relationships. B. I became independent, taking care of siblings, commuting to and from school, and budgeting the money being sent by my father/mother.

Based on our survey, mostly, fathers are the ones working abroad, having 5 votes out of 11 respondents. Girls have more positive changes while boys have more negative changes. 5/5 of the boys have disciplinary parents so perhaps, that's the reason why they experienced negative changes since the 4/7 of the girls do not have strict parents.

We therefore say that if a child is...
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