Harnessing the Potential of Communication for the Well-Being of Transnational Families

  • Rosel San Pascual


In this chapter, I will present my analysis of the micro- and macro-level challenges of transnational separation of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)-parents and their left-behind children, which consequently beget psychosocial distresses among transnational family members. In doing so, I have drawn evidence from my interview of Singapore-based Filipino mothers who left their children and family in the Philippines to pursue overseas work, as well as existing literature on Filipino transnational parents and families. Furthermore, I will put forward some broad communication policy advocacy objectives that highlight the critical role of communication in facilitating a better life for transnational families. The listed advocacy objectives emphasize how communication may be harnessed at the micro and macro levels for the well-being of transnational families.


Transnational families Transnational parenting Migrant mothers Migrant fathers Left-behind children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosel San Pascual
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  1. 1.College of Mass CommunicationUniversity of the Philippines DilimanQuezon CityPhilippines

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