Associations between family structure and social-emotional development among school-aged children in mainland China

Miao Wang, Bryan G. Victor, Shiyou Wu, Brian E. Perron

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This study examines the associations between family structure and social-emotional development among school-aged children in mainland China. Data were drawn from a survey administered in Tianjin, China, which included 431 single-parent and 544 two-parent samples. Overall, children from two-parent families scored significantly higher on measures of social-emotional development. However, these associated were attenuated when controlling for protective factors. The protective factors buffered the majority of effects in a mediation analysis. These findings provide direction for developing targeted social work policies and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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emotional development
family structure
social development
parents
single parent
China
school
mediation
social work

Keywords

  • divorce
  • family structure
  • Mainland China
  • single parents
  • social-emotional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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