Jones, Adele, Sharpe, Jacqueline and Sogren, Michele (2004) Children's Experiences of Separation from Parents as a Consequence of Migration. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, 3 (1). pp. 89-109. ISSN 0799-1215

This paper discusses the findings of a study highlighting the impact
of parental migration on children in Trinidad & Tobago. Both
qualitative & quantitative methods were used to measure depression
indicators with a population of 146 children aged 12-16 years.
In-depth structured interviews were also conducted with 24 children
& their caregivers. The study demonstrated that children separated
from parents because of migration were more than twice as likely as
other children to have emotional problems although their economic
status was improved. One-third had serious levels of depression or
interpersonal difficulties affecting schooling & leading in some
cases to suicidal ideation. Differences were found in relation to
gender & ethnicity. In addition to separation through migration,
several children had experienced serial losses, e.g. bereavement,
parental divorce, parental imprisonment, or change of caregiver.
Resiliency factors included school performance & belief in family
reunification. This investigation identifies the implications for
Social Work Education & Policy Reform. It points to the discursive
possibilities of child-centred approaches to the construction of
knowledge & argues for the inclusion of such approaches within a
theory & practice framework based on empowerment. 2 Charts, 18
References. Adapted from the source document.

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