HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 29 no. 1 (2008)

Educational Implications of New Information about the Filipino Family

Jasmin E. Acuña

Discipline: Education, Education Administration, Family and Relationships



We need to redefine the concept of family to include the many innovative structures brought about by our changing realities, taking care that children do not feel responsible for circumstances they had no part in creating.


Indicators of family well-being include family stability, parental effectiveness, social responsibility and rights perspective. Families that communicate regularly have more stable relationships. But financial difficulties cause stress and often become a source of conflict between husband and wife, disrupting rituals that cement family relations.


Rights perspective leads to empowerment that enables children to better cope with family difficulties. Government, schools and community organizations need to teach parents about effective parenting, conflict and anger management. TV viewing must be monitored better and there is a need to provide more safety net measures for the family to remain healthy and progressive.


In conclusion, despite the number of Filipino OFWs working abroad Filipino families are worse off, not better than before and need all the support the government, community and civic organization can provide.