ERIC Number: ED319487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Family and Friend Relationships of Only Children: A Study of Adult Population in China.
If personal networks of only children differ from those of children with siblings, then study of the different patterns of personal association is especially relevant to the understanding of social change in China, where the population of children without siblings is rapidly increasing. A study of these differential social networks used data collected in 1983 on the personal relationships of 3,089 only-child Chinese born before the one child policy was enforced in China. The study tested the hypothesis that only children have more extensive friendships than children with siblings. Findings revealed that a large portion of only children had single-parent family backgrounds prior to adulthood. Their opportunities for development of social relationships and educational attainment were attenuated by this single-parent background, and particularly by their mothers' early deaths. These findings may explain the study's failure to find differences between groups of only children and children with siblings. Further analyses revealed effects of educational attainment, age, and gender on only children's probability of having friends. Theoretical interpretations of the findings are proposed. A total of 50 references are cited. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: China