ERIC Number: EJ725091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-22
Mental Health Condition of the Only-Child: A Study of Urban and Rural High School Students in China
Liu, Chenying; Munakata, Tsunetsugu; Onuoha, Francis N.
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v40 n160 p831 Win 2005
The mental health of the only-child continues to generate interest in research literature. The present study examines the issue in China, where the one-child phenomenon is highest due to deliberate government policy. Subjects are 299 and 333 students in two high-rank high schools in urban Harebin and rural Qing an Xian, respectively (mean age = 17.2 years). Both locations are in the Heilongjiang Sheng Province of China. Results showed that urban only-children experienced significantly lower love awareness from family, higher neurotic and social depression, trait anxiety, perceived stressors, and interpersonal dependency than did urban non-only children. No significant differences were found in the rural only- and non-only children. Low love awareness from parents and peers was associated with high negative mental health conditions in the children. Low love awareness also precipitated perceived stressors which resulted in negative mental health in the covariance structure analysis.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Mental Health, Intimacy, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, High School Students, Parent Child Relationship, Rural Urban Differences, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Personality Traits, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China