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Migrant child phenomenon in China: Subjective happiness factors for assessing service needs

Limin Xu, Monit Cheung, Patrick Leung and Yongxiang Xu

Children and Youth Services Review, 2018, vol. 90, issue C, 66-73

Abstract: In Tianjin, China, 476 migrant children responded to a survey on educational processes and family influences. These children reported a fair-to-good subjective happiness level. A sequential regression model shows that their subjective happiness will rise alongside nine improvements: (1) public school enrollment, (2) nondiscriminatory admission to education, (3) targeted assistance for higher grade students, (4) integrated local-migrant classes, (5) teacher-student interactions, (6) extracurricular activities, (7) academic performance, (8) parent-child communication, and (9) friends in the city. A comprehensive assessment index can be developed to incorporate school-home factors with a dual focus: migrant worker welfare and migrant child development.

Keywords: China; Migrant children; Subjective well-being; Education policy; “Dual-focus” policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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