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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
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Pottinger, Audrey M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
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Article Title
Children's Experience of Loss by Parental Migration in Inner-city Jamaica
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Journal Title
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2005
Volume ID
75
Issue ID
4
Page(s)
485-496
Language
eng
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ISSN
0002-9432 (Print)
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Abstract
Migratory separation, when parents migrate and leave their children behind, was investigated in a case-control sample of 9- to 10-year-olds living in inner-city communities in Kingston and St Andrew, Jamaica (N = 54). Data analyses using descriptive statistics and bivariate correlations showed that children's reactions to their parents' migration were directly related to poor school performance and psychological difficulties. Additionally, being currently exposed to violence in the home and/or community was significantly associated with high scores on a measure of grief intensity. 'Protective' factors included having someone to talk to about the migration and living in a supportive family. Migratory separation needs detailed investigation like that devoted to other childhood family disruptions, such as parental divorce or death.....
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