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URIARTE ARCINIEGA, Juan de Dios. Social Perception of Risk and Protection Factors for the Children of Emigrant Mothers: A Study in the Dominican Republic. Migr. Inter [online]. 2011, vol.6, n.2, pp. 101-132. ISSN 1665-8906.

The feminization of work-related migration alters family roles and relationships and has a direct impact on the development of the children left behind. The purpose of this study is to show the risk and protection factors perceived in Dominican society for children when the mother emigrates. Risk factors include a lack of mother-child communication; being demanding in relationships; and an anomalous substitute family atmosphere. Conversely, protection factors encompass frequent communication with the mother; an affectionate relationship between the guardian and the child; when the guardian is a family member who is very close to the mother and the promotion of values such as thrift, effort and sacrifice. The results of social perception coincide with existing literature, but it is debatable whether the factors perceived are actually those that most affect the psychological and social development of children left behind by migration.

Palabras llave : female migration; children left behind; risk and protection factors; Caribbean transnational family; Dominican Republic.

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