Migration patterns, family functioning, and life satisfaction among migrant children in China: A mediation model

Yuan, Xiaojiao, Zhuo, Ran and Li, Gendao (2019) Migration patterns, family functioning, and life satisfaction among migrant children in China: A mediation model. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 22 (1). pp. 113-120. ISSN 1367-2223

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajsp.12345

Abstract

There are three distinct patterns of migration among Chinese migrant children: whole‐family, single‐parent‐first, and both‐parents‐first migration. This study investigated the life satisfaction of children who migrated under the different migration patterns and examined the mediating role of family functioning in the relationship between the children's migration patterns and their life satisfaction. Participants consisted of migrant children (N = 703) from primary and junior middle schools in Chengdu, China. The results showed that (a) migrant children from the whole‐family and single‐parent‐first patterns of migration reported greater life satisfaction than did those from the both‐parents‐first pattern, and (b) family functioning partially mediated the association between migration patterns and life satisfaction. The present study highlights the importance of avoiding separation of children from both parents during migration and the need to develop interventions for migrant children's psychological adaptation by improving their families’ functioning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family functioning, life satisfaction, migrant children, migration pattern
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 15:09
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38403

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