Families Exposed to Poverty-Associated and Parent Effectiveness Service

T.del Castillo, Maria Lyra (2009) Families Exposed to Poverty-Associated and Parent Effectiveness Service. In: Ressilient Families Discourse: Research and Evidence-Based Interventions, 20-21 April 2009, Penang, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Economic problem ranks highest as a source of family stress among the poor families which are often adressed with functional coping activities such as borrowing money, getting extra job or overtime work. Frequently, loans are availed of from relatives, employer or co-employees, friend and "5-6" lenders. Oftentimes, earning children and close relatives offer support or are tapped in times of financial crisis. Likewise, there is a thin line interfacing economic problem with situational and relationship stressors such as; spouse having vices of drinking alcohol; misunderstanding about house rules and differences in discipline children; spouse's in difference; children misbehaviour; work related pressures and wife's nagging, etc. by and large, these families exposed to proverty-associated risks still value family life and spirituality tend to permeate their response towards difficulties. Efforts at addressing the socio-economic conditions and other concomitant problems of these families should be seen within the family framework. In this context, Parent Effectiveness Service (PES) is being implemented by an NGO in six (6) poor villages in a rural area in the Philippines alongside with other service. The main reference for the conduct of parent effectiveness sessions is the Manual on Effective Parenting developed by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and UNICEF Philippines. Each module was written with the end-in-view of what Filipino parents need to know to better preserve the family. Despite the slow implementation, there are promising signs thet PES can serve as a preventive program that builds and strengthen the families to transcend proverty-associated risks when facilitated by professional helpers, specifically the field social workers. Awareness and raising the consciousness of parents on their role in childs socialization and it's implication to upholding society's convictions, values systems and norms are necessary in achieving a wholesome family and community life. Moreover, it is also a venue to identify and assess family functioning that may need imperative and appropriate social work intervention. Thus, interventions for children and the youth, women and the elderly should be within the framework of a family orientation to ensure integration rather than fragmentation of program efforts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB) in collaboration with the DOHA International Institute.
Keywords: Family associate risks, parent effectiveness service
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 302 Social interaction
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Family Development
Deposited By: Mr Mustapha Muhamad
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2013 06:58
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 06:59
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/314

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