Filipino Families in an Urban Informal Settlement: Traditional and Emerging Family Forms, Challenges, Resiliency Strategies, and Aspirations

This is a study on Filipino families in an informal settlement in Quezon City. Specifically, it will examine the changing family forms in the community; the residents’ perceptions on "alternative" family forms (vis-à-vis the "traditional" family form based on the marriage of a man and a woman); residents’ views on the sources of happiness and of unhappiness in their family life; their aspirations for their family, especially their children; and their experiences with and views of social institutions that deal with families. Specifically, the following questions will be addressed in the study: (1) As revealed by the results of the survey that will be conducted in the community, what are the different types of family forms in the community?; (2) What are the views of community residents on family forms that are not based on the marriage of a man and a woman?; (3) What are the views of the community residents on their family's sources of happiness? sources of unhappiness?; (4) What are the community residents' aspirations for their family, especially for their children?; and (5) What have been the experiences with, and what are the perceptions of, the community residents on social institutions that deal with families, such as the government (local, city, and national), schools, churches or faith-based organizations? Relatedly, what have been their experiences with, and what are their perceptions of, civil society organizations (e.g., people's organizations, NGOs, international organizations, business groups, philantropic groups)? Data-collection methods include a household survey; key informant interviews with service providers; life story interviews; and focus group discussions with adult men, adult women, male adolescents, female adolescents, LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders), and older persons (the elderly).

Special Project No.: 

SP22

Project Director: 

Angela Desiree M. Aguirre

Year Completed: 

2015
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