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Mental Health in the left-behind Children in the Fujian Province of China
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
School of Humanities Fujian Medical University P R of China.
School of Humanities Fujian Medical University P R of China.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Public Mental Health, ISSN 1746-5729, Vol. 12, no 1, 21-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - An increasing number of people are migrating within the borders of China. Some migrants have to leave their children behind, and 58,000,000 children are estimated to be living as left-behind children. Earlier studies have found severe mental problems in left-behind children, but different factors could influence their mental health. The aim of this study was to investigate the mental health of these left-behind children and to determine possible influencing factors.

Design/methodology/approach - Data for this study were collected in one province of the P R of China with a validated instrument, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to investigate behavior in 13- to 15-year old children.

Findings - No significant difference was found in total difficulty score and in any subscale score of SDQ when we compared left-behind children with children who were not left behind. A significant difference in emotional difficulty subscale score was found between girls who were left behind and girls who were not. Some socio-economic factors such as poor family economy and living with relatives, friends or grandparents, were identified as risk factors.

Originality/value - When strategies for support of the mental health in left-behind children are developed, they will need to be individualized according to the gender, social and economic situation and focused on emotional and conduct problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. Vol. 12, no 1, 21-31 p.
Keyword [en]
Migration, mental health, left-behind Children, China
National Category
Applied Psychology
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-22024DOI: 10.1108/17465721311304212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-22024DiVA: diva2:560177
Available from: 2012-10-12 Created: 2012-10-12 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved

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