HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 46 no. 2 (2013)

Ang Rosas ng Rehab: A Filipino Gay Child in Conflict with the Law Housed in a Youth Center

Salvacion L. Villafuerte

Discipline: Psychology



This is a case study of a Filipino gay child in conflict with the law (CICL) admitted in a youth center for minor offenders. It analyzed the experiences of the gay CICL and how his sexual orientation had an important bearing in the rehabilitation process. The Philippines progressed with provisions for the minor offenders or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (R.A. 9344), to contribute to the child’s best interest and protection. However, there is a seeming lack of focus on sexual orientation in the legal provisions and on the crafting of the rehabilitation process inside the youth center. Through the analysis of the narratives, recordings, progress reports, and results of a follow-up interview, it was established that being gay in a youth center has an impact on the rehabilitation process and as to whether community reintegration will become successful depends on received approaches that are appropriate and LGBT-sensitive.