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The effects of parents' absence on the lives of the left -behind children in middle and northern rural China


2008 2008

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This study examines the psychological, behavioral and educational development of left-behind children, due to parent migration into cities for temporary employment in middle and northern rural China. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were used to study 236 rural families and interview 272 left-behind children, in ten villages of four provinces: Shandong, Henan, Hebei and Shanxi. Previous research has suggested that long term separation, from parents or parent, has the following adverse effects: depression, loneliness, anxiety, anger, behavioral problems at school, low academic achievement motivation, lack of self-esteem, misbehavior, truancy, and stealing. Statistical analyses revealed mixed findings. The research study finds similar negative effects on the left-behind children, as well as differences between the left-behind children the non-left-behind children in many aspects of their lives, due to the parental absence. However, contrary to previous research studies, the current study also suggests some positive influences on the children's development as long as the children's temporary guardians such as one parent, grandparents or relatives, schools or community take initiatives to direct and guide the children toward appropriate goals. Based on the research findings, the author recommends, to policy makers and care givers, some possible means to help the left-behind children develop in positive and constructive ways.

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Subject
Early childhood education;
Developmental psychology;
Individual & family studies;
Parents & parenting;
Rural areas
Classification
0518: Early childhood education
0620: Developmental psychology
0628: Individual & family studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Psychology; Children; China; Migration; Parent absence
Title
The effects of parents' absence on the lives of the left -behind children in middle and northern rural China
Author
He, Yiming
Number of pages
218
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549789567
Advisor
Washington, Ernest D.
Committee member
Cohen, Alvin P.; Karlson, Alfred L.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325277
ProQuest document ID
304577244
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304577244
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