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  • Family dynamics in a changing context : the Malagasy diaspora
    Issue 1 : May2022 Family Dynamics in a Changing Context

    auteur(s) : Haingo Slack ; Vero Andriambelosoa

    Keywords : Family dynamics, Malagasy diaspora, immigration, changing context, acculturative stress management, gender studies, brain drain.

    [ENG] Upon leaving Madagascar, the Malagasy diaspora faces significant changes in environment ; however, research has shown little about how they cope with their new life. This study aims to explore how Malagasy family dynamics change when they move overseas. Building on existing work on immigration, it questions how the dynamics differ from that of home and how challenging it is for the Malagasy to live overseas. A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted among a sample of 35 Malagasy members of diaspora families, aged 26 to 61, and living in 19 countries. Data was collected from social media platforms, using Google Form, within a time spam of 15 days (Nov. 6-21, 2019). Results show that the diaspora status had a significant influence on chores distribution. Even if the family can afford household help, most of the chores still fell upon the female member (wife/mother). In terms of practices, 37.14% of the families who are speaking Malagasy at home consumed more Malagasy dishes compared to those who speak other languages. While 88.60% of the participants had health insurance, 68.60% of the Malagasy diaspora still trusted Malagasy home remedies for the treatment of mild ailments. Moreover, participants who have permanently settled in one country after leaving Madagascar have bigger adjustment problems and more acculturative stress than those who have moved from one country to another. Finally, 22.86% of the participants are not thinking of returning to Madagascar whereas 28.57% are hesitating and are mentioning social economic prosperity as a prerequisite for their return. Awareness of the host country’s family dynamics, its gender politics, and cultural norms are recommended as coping measures for better adjustment.


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