Filipino Domestic Workers and Their Capacity Development

Jennifer Loh, Alicia F. Estrellado

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This study explored the day-to-day experiences of female Filipino domestic workers in Singapore, including their working conditions, employee–employer relationships, and psychological health. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 women. Using grounded theory, the emergent themes revealed high levels of variation, both within and between women, suggesting that the quality of domestic workers’ lives depends largely on the personal characteristics of their employers or the workers themselves, rather than on any system of protection. More importantly, participants displayed positive and resilient coping strategies which enabled them to thrive despite restrictive circumstances. Implications pertaining to capabilities and empowerment development were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-841
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


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