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03 / 05 / 2024

 


Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia

Raghad Faisal Alruwailiy, Roaa Salem Maqpal Alharbi, Khaloud Attaulla Alenezi, Wesal Waheed Murad, Weaam Waheed Abdulaziz Murad, Osama Abdulrahman Alqadhibi, Ziad Awadh Almutairi, Saleh Basheer S. Alanazi, Abeer Mudhhi A. Alanazi, Ali Hassan A. Ali.


Abstract
Background: Parental absence due to the employment of non-Arabic-speaking maids from countries like the Philippines and India raises concerns about children’s emotional well-being. Despite emotional attachment, earlier research suggested limited influence on children’s Arabic language acquisition. The study aims to address the understudied but significant global issue of maid impact on Saudi f amilies.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using including both Saudi and non-Saudi participants aged 16 to 55 who willingly took part in the survey. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire, and statistical analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) program.
Results: Our study included 586 participants, with the majority of the female population (90.8%). The majority of parents perceived no significant impact of domestic helpers on their child’s cognitive development (60.6%), emotional state (57.8%), personality traits, values, and attitudes (61.6%). Similarly, the majority see no negative effects on academic achievements (70.3%) and interpersonal relationships (64.8%). A large proportion expressed a neutral stance on their child forming a close relationship with domestic workers (30.2%). Nationality variations among domestic workers show no significant differences.
Conclusion: A large proportion of parents perceive minimal negative impact across various dimensions, including cognitive development, emotional states, personality traits, and academic achievements. A substantial number of parents expressed openness to close relationships between their children and domestic workers.

Key words: Child development, cross-cultural impact, non-arabic-speaking maids, parental absence


 
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Alruwailiy RF, Alharbi RSM, Alenezi KA, Murad WW, Murad WWA, Alqadhibi OA, Almutairi ZA, Alanazi SBS, Alanazi AMA, Ali AHA. Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2024; 8(6): 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169


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Alruwailiy RF, Alharbi RSM, Alenezi KA, Murad WW, Murad WWA, Alqadhibi OA, Almutairi ZA, Alanazi SBS, Alanazi AMA, Ali AHA. Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=193872 [Access: July 14, 2024]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169


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Alruwailiy RF, Alharbi RSM, Alenezi KA, Murad WW, Murad WWA, Alqadhibi OA, Almutairi ZA, Alanazi SBS, Alanazi AMA, Ali AHA. Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2024; 8(6): 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



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Alruwailiy RF, Alharbi RSM, Alenezi KA, Murad WW, Murad WWA, Alqadhibi OA, Almutairi ZA, Alanazi SBS, Alanazi AMA, Ali AHA. Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2024), [cited July 14, 2024]; 8(6): 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



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Alruwailiy, R. F., Alharbi, . R. S. M., Alenezi, . K. A., Murad, . W. W., Murad, . W. W. A., Alqadhibi, . O. A., Almutairi, . Z. A., Alanazi, . S. B. S., Alanazi, . A. M. A. & Ali, . A. H. A. (2024) Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 8 (6), 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



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Alruwailiy, Raghad Faisal, Roaa Salem Maqpal Alharbi, Khaloud Attaulla Alenezi, Wesal Waheed Murad, Weaam Waheed Abdulaziz Murad, Osama Abdulrahman Alqadhibi, Ziad Awadh Almutairi, Saleh Basheer S. Alanazi, Abeer Mudhhi A. Alanazi, and Ali Hassan A. Ali. 2024. Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 8 (6), 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



Chicago Style

Alruwailiy, Raghad Faisal, Roaa Salem Maqpal Alharbi, Khaloud Attaulla Alenezi, Wesal Waheed Murad, Weaam Waheed Abdulaziz Murad, Osama Abdulrahman Alqadhibi, Ziad Awadh Almutairi, Saleh Basheer S. Alanazi, Abeer Mudhhi A. Alanazi, and Ali Hassan A. Ali. "Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 8 (2024), 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



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Alruwailiy, Raghad Faisal, Roaa Salem Maqpal Alharbi, Khaloud Attaulla Alenezi, Wesal Waheed Murad, Weaam Waheed Abdulaziz Murad, Osama Abdulrahman Alqadhibi, Ziad Awadh Almutairi, Saleh Basheer S. Alanazi, Abeer Mudhhi A. Alanazi, and Ali Hassan A. Ali. "Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 8.6 (2024), 1370-1377. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alruwailiy, R. F., Alharbi, . R. S. M., Alenezi, . K. A., Murad, . W. W., Murad, . W. W. A., Alqadhibi, . O. A., Almutairi, . Z. A., Alanazi, . S. B. S., Alanazi, . A. M. A. & Ali, . A. H. A. (2024) Impact of foreign maid on the development and growth of children in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 8 (6), 1370-1377. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1710086169





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