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Family Leisure Affair: A Qualitative Study on Negotiating Leisure in Families with OFW Parent

@ SEARCH Journal of Media and Communication Research

Online ISSN: 2672-7080

*Mariam Jayne M. Agonos, May Pearl B. Bade, Marielle J. Cabuling & Jason V. Mercene


In the Philippines, more than 10% of the total Filipino population is working overseas in order to provide a better future for their families. While the purpose of parental migration is for financial stability, the compositional change in the family can bring adverse effects on the children left behind. The sudden change in family composition, that is, having a parent away could affect the children’s well-being and upbringing. More often than not, leisure becomes an avenue for parents to compensate for such change, directing leisure activities for the children’s well-being. Thus, this study discusses how a Filipino family with a parent working abroad negotiates its leisure as a family. Specifically, the study describes the family’s leisure before and after the departure of one parent and delves into how family members with an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) parent establish their respective role in deciding on their family leisure. The study utilised the styles of Handling Interpersonal Conflict and the Integrative Analysis of Negotiation as theoretical anchors, and employed four Key Informant Interviews (KIIS) for parents, four KIIs for child only, and a Family Group Discussion (FGD). Findings show that families with an OFW parent usually employ three styles of negotiation, namely: Accommodation, Collaboration, and Competition. The negotiation depends upon the type of leisure, the budget allotted for it, and the parties involved in the activity. Parents, either overseas or left behind, tend to be accommodating of their children’s leisure requests. However, between parents themselves, competition of ideas and suggestions may arise, while children tend to be more collaborative among themselves.

Keywords: Negotiation, overseas-parent, leisure, communication risks