Volume 21 Number 1 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka


Living Alone: The Experiences of Married Single Students in Higher Education
Phanuel Manizabayo & Prema Gaikwad
Prismatic View of Gender Power Relations at the Intersection in Linda Ty-Casper’s Ten Thousand Seeds
Rosemarie Cerbito-Abocot 

Climate Change Advocacy through the Arts: The IMCC Kapagintaw Ethno-Rock 
Reynaldo Openiano Mancia & Helen Sumagang Tejero

Cheating During Examination: Inference on human Capital Quality 
Apolonio I. Machica, Jr., Ma. Rosario P. Abud,  Agnesia A. Machica, & Eliza C. Cabugawan

Acculturation of Children as Experienced by Foreign Mothers Studying in the Philippines 
Janet N. Odhiambo, Flor Marticio, & Eunice Aclan

Emergent Themes in Marketing Theory and Practice Literature from 1957 to 2015: A Systematic Review 
Innocent Sigauke & Kenneth Swansi

The Axiological Relevance of the Tumba-tumba Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 
Caesar Ziggy Q. Perlas

Wish to WISHCRAFT: A Peek into an Environmentally Friendly School 
Prema Gaikwad & Blessing Obaya

Empowering Persons with Disabilities Through Training and Employment: A Case Study 
Donie Ver Medalla & Bella Marie Medalla

The Sustainability of the Social Responsibility of Canaan Farmers’ Schools:  A Comparative Case Study of South Korea and the Philippines 
Daren Ngadima & Christel Arnaud Ngadima

Big Data, Education, and Social Responsibility 
Yaroslav Ovdiyenko

Fisher-Buyer Trade Relations: An Oppressive Reality 
Max Teody T. Quimilat


International Forum 
Vol. 21, No. 1
June 2018
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497

Acculturation of Children as Experienced by  Foreign Mothers Studying in the Philippines

Abstract. Acculturation presents numerous unique experiences that can influence people’s well-being. The Philippines, with its socialeconomic, political, and educational motivations, hosts a vast number of internationally accredited higher education institutions that attract many foreign students who relocate for study with their families. These individuals together with their families undergo the acculturation process as they enter their new setting. The current study explores the lived experiences of 13 foreign mothers from 8 institutions of higher learning, whose children were acculturated. Using the qualitative method of descriptive phenomenological analysis, seven themes and four subthemes emerged. The findings of the study portray the mothers’ experiences on their children’s acculturation. The mothers reported their children’s joy in learning new languages and excitement in learning a new culture even though they experienced culture shock. Cultural conflicts, independence and relationships, parental and family conflicts, and cultural loss were presented as issues and challenges arising from the acculturation process. The results were analyzed through the lens of the bi-dimensional model of acculturation. Children who embraced integration strategy thrived well in the foreign setting contributing to psychological health and overall well-being.


Keywords: Acculturation, Psychology, Philippines, Asia, Qualitative, Foreign students 



Janet Nyaboke Odhiambo, DrPh Student
Adventist University of the Philippines
Silang, Cavite, Philippines


   Flor Marticio, PhD
Adventist University of the Philippines
Silang, Cavite, Philippines


  Eunice Miguel-Aclan, PhD
  Adventist University of the Philippines
Silang, Cavite, Philippines

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