East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society

Jan 12, Lijun Chen, “Report on the State of Children in China”


East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy and Society presents


 “Report on the State of Children in China”

Lijun Chen

Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall

The University of Chicago

4:30-6:00p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.


This presentation will report the findings from a comprehensive study of the conditions of children in China, which is based on analysis of the nationally representative China Family Panel Survey data. We will address all major domains of child development, including physical health, social-emotional wellbeing, cognitive development and educational performance. Various protective and risk factors for child wellbeing in the ecological contexts of the children will alos be examined, such as family economic conditions, child living arrangement, parenting behavior, school experience, and neighborhood support. Through a comparison of children in rural and urban communities and in different residential arrangement, the findings reveal a striking disparity between rural and urban children in both living conditions and various development outcomes. Especially vulnerable are the left-behind children whose parents have left home to work in urban areas and the children in broken families whose parents are either divorced or have disappeared or passed away.


Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Yan Xu (xuyan@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Xi Song, Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao


This presentation is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance please contact the student coordinator in advance.

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