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ERIC Number: EJ954357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Child Development in Rural China: Children Left behind by Their Migrant Parents and Children of Nonmigrant Families
Wen, Ming; Lin, Danhua
Child Development, v83 n1 p120-136 Jan-Feb 2012
Using recent cross-sectional data of rural children aged from 8 to 18 in Hunan Province of China, this article examines psychological, behavioral, and educational outcomes and the psychosocial contexts of these outcomes among children left behind by one or both of their rural-to-urban migrant parents compared to those living in nonmigrant families. The results showed that left-behind children were disadvantaged in health behavior and school engagement but not in perceived satisfaction. The child's psychosocial environment, captured by family socioeconomic status, socializing processes, peer and school support, and psychological traits, were associated with, to varying extent, child developmental outcomes in rural China. These influences largely remain constant for the sampled children regardless of their parents' migrant status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China