Parental MIgration: The Impact of Leaving Children Behind

Parents contemplating on accepting employment that would practically leave their children behind without day-to-day primary care might overlook the potential psychological impact created by such condition. A "home" is different from a house. To a child who has to learn how to cope with the difficulties and challenges thrown at him or her by the outside world, a "home" is where he or she can find solace, comfort and security. Things are a lot different when children have to deal with their fears and anxieties by going back to just a house and not a "home." In European, Asian and South American countries, parent migration has been found to have caused not only adverse effects on the physical health but also on the mental well being of uncared for children. China for one has a phenomenal number of children left behind by parents who find work in distant places. It is estimated that in China's countryside alone, the number of left behind children...
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