Title

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Family Dynamics of Filipino Dual-Earner Couples with Discordant Work Schedule

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology, Concentration in Counseling Psychology (Thesis Program)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lota A. Teh, Ph.D.

Abstract

A review of the local literature has shown a scarcity of studies that focus on family dynamics in Filipino dual-earner couples with discordant work schedule. Using a qualitative approach, this research examined the lived experiences of three Filipino dual-earner couples with young children where the wife has a standard work schedule while the husband has a nonstandard work schedule. Data from semi-structured interviews were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Overall results showed superordinate themes focusing on: (1) “Parang Boarding House”: Experiences of Spousal Absence; (2) “Nakakaraos Naman”: Experiences of Moving Forward despite Difficulties; and (3) “Para Maka-survive”: Experiences of Coming to Terms with Nonstandard Work Schedule. Implications on how dual-earner couples with discordant work schedule can manage better their relationships and responsibilities were discussed.

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