Resilience and well-being among children of migrant parents in South-East Asia

Lucy Jordan, Elspeth Graham

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    There has been little systematic empirical research on the well-being of children in
    transnational households in South-East Asia—a major sending region for contract migrants. This study uses survey data collected in 2008 from children aged 9, 10 and 11 and their caregivers in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam (N=1,498). Results indicate that while children of migrant parents, especially migrant mothers, are less likely to be happy compared to children in non-migrant households, greater resilience in child well-being is associated with longer durations of maternal absence. There is no evidence for a direct parental migration effect on school enjoyment and performance. The analyses highlight the sensitivity of results to the dimension of child well-being measured and who makes the assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1672-1688
    JournalChild Development
    Issue number5
    Early online date11 Sept 2012
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • Child well-being
    • Migration
    • South-East Asia
    • Resilience


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