Coping Strategies and Family Well-Being of Small Scale Fisher’s Household
Fisherman's household has erratic income, depending on the season. That condition requires the families to undertake coping strategies to maintain their well-being. The purpose of this study was to analyze the level of well-being of fisherman's families and the coping strategies undertaken. The survey was conducted of 100 families of fishermen in Bekasi, West Java Province, Indonesia. The study found that only 14 percent of fisherman's families had incomes below the poverty line. Most of fisherman's families undertook as many as 7-13 strategies of coping. Coping strategies that mostly undertaken when the incomes fall were to reduce or replace the side dish, and owe the stall and relatives. Only less than a third of families generated extra income as their coping strategy. Based on the level of subjective well-being, more than half of the households were quite satisfied with their well-being. The result of correlation test revealed that there was no significant difference in the number of coping strategies undertaken between poor and non-poor families. However, there was a significant correlation between the number of coping strategies and subjective well-being. The more the undertaken coping strategies are, the lower the level of subjective well-being of fisherman's families will be.