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Filipino Formal Caregivers to the Elderly and Normalized Exploitation in the Workplace


The goal of this exploratory study was examine formal Filipino/a caregivers' sociocultural contexts in working as caregivers for the elderly and its impacts on their health. As the demand for care workers for the aging Baby Boomer generation grows in the United States, Filipinos/as migrant workers are among the ethnic migrants who answer this call. In a mixed-methods study, we find that Filipino/a formal caregivers normalize exploitation in their work with elderly patients because of sociocultural contexts that include transnational financial obligations to their families in the Philippines. Caregivers’ health outcomes relies on their ability to mediate various social contexts.

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