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Child Development in the Face of Rural-to-Urban Migration in China: A Meta-Analytic Review
Wang, Lamei1,2; Mesman, Judi3
2015-11-01
Source PublicationPERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
ISSN1745-6916
SubtypeArticle
Volume10Issue:6Pages:813-831
AbstractIn the last 30 years, China has undergone one of the largest rural-to-urban migrations in human history, with many children left behind because of parental migration. We present a meta-analytic review of empirical studies on Chinese children's rural-to-urban migration and on rural children left behind because of parental migration. We examine how these events relate to children's emotional, social, and academic developmental outcomes. We include publications in English and in Chinese to uncover and quantify a part of the research literature that has been inaccessible to most Western scholars in the field of child and family studies. Overall, both migrant children and children left behind by migrant parents in China show significantly less favorable functioning across domains than other Chinese children. It appears that, similar to processes found in other parts of the world, the experience of economic and acculturation stress as well as disrupted parent-child relations constitute a risk for nonoptimal child functioning in the Chinese context. Further, we found evidence for publication bias against studies showing less favorable development for migrant children and children left behind. We discuss the results in terms of challenges to Chinese society and to future empirical research on Chinese family life.
KeywordChina child development family literature review meta-analysis culture migration
DOI10.1177/1745691615600145
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000365583400018
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS KeywordLEFT-BEHIND CHILDREN ; MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER ; ETHNIC-MINORITY FAMILIES ; MIGRANT CHILDREN ; PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT ; MENTAL-HEALTH ; ECONOMIC TRANSITION ; PROBLEM BEHAVIOR ; LABOR MIGRATION ; SELF-ESTEEM
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/15362
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Hong Kong, Dept Psychol, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
3.Leiden Univ, Ctr Child & Family Studies, Leiden, Netherlands
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Wang, Lamei,Mesman, Judi. Child Development in the Face of Rural-to-Urban Migration in China: A Meta-Analytic Review[J]. PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE,2015,10(6):813-831.
APA Wang, Lamei,&Mesman, Judi.(2015).Child Development in the Face of Rural-to-Urban Migration in China: A Meta-Analytic Review.PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE,10(6),813-831.
MLA Wang, Lamei,et al."Child Development in the Face of Rural-to-Urban Migration in China: A Meta-Analytic Review".PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 10.6(2015):813-831.
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