Parenting in the Philippines

  • Liane Peña AlampayEmail author
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 7)


The chapter provides a general view of parenting in the Philippines, in terms of attitudes and behaviors towards children, the nature of parent-child interactions, and the differentiated roles of mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters. The pertinent themes that characterize Filipino parenting include parental authority and control, and the expectation of obedience on the part of children; family cohesion and interdependence; and the value of meeting familial obligations. The roles of mothers and fathers are demarcated along traditional gender lines; however, mothers’ work, particularly in the current context of increasing overseas employment, has posed challenges to the customary family dynamics. The discussion of Filipino parenting is embedded in the nation’s traditional cultural values of kapwa, hiya, and utang na loob, and contextualized in the current milieu that portends culture and family change.


Parental Authority Migrant Mother Familial Obligation Authoritarian Attitude Filipino Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAteneo de Manila UniversityQuezon CityPhilippines

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