The impact of migratory separation from parents on the health of…

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Social Science and Medicine
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Publication year: 2012Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 75, Issue 12Chantal Smeekens, Margaret S. Stroebe, Georgios Abakoumkin In the Philippines, as in several other low and middle-income countries in the world, it is usual for parents to leave the country to work abroad in order to improve the situation of their children who remain behind. However, stressful life events such as the separation from a parent are known to have a severe impact on physical and mental health of children. This study, conducted in 2008–2009, explored health consequences of migratory separation for remaining-behind adolescent children, comparing them with those whose parents remained at home. Participants were 205 high school students from the Philippines

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