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Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: A cross-sectional study
Tang,Daisheng1; Choi,Weng I.2; Deng,Liyuan3; Bian,Ying2; Hu,Hao2
2019-01-28
Source PublicationBMC International Health and Human Rights
Volume19Issue:1
Abstract

Background: In recent decades, many workers from rural areas in China migrated to urban cities in search of a better livelihood. Due to the household registration policy and other financial barriers, more than 40 million of children were left behind in their rural home by their migrated parents in 2015. In this cross-sectional study, we aimed to investigate the influence of being left behind on these children's physical and mental health. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was completed by participants about their demographic background and health status. Chi-square Test was conducted to investigate the influence. Results: A total of 1662 participants responded and completed all the questions in the questionnaire. Significant differences existed between left-behind children group and non-left-behind children group on several health issues such as not going to school due to sickness (p = 0.080), completeness of the vaccination scheme (p = 0.036) and feeling of loneliness (p = 0.039). However, regarding symptoms like fever, cough or respiratory difficulties, diarrhea and twitch, as well as mental health problems like unhappiness and insomnia, no significant difference was found. Gender difference was also demonstrated showing that girls were more vulnerable than boys to certain symptoms and emotional problems. Conclusion: This study indicated that both being left-behind and gender had an impact on the children's health. It is necessary to further reform the household registration system to improve rights of equal access to employment, education and health resources for workers and their children from rural areas in China.

KeywordChina Household Registration Left-behind Children Mental Health Physical Health
DOI10.1186/s12914-019-0191-9
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Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaHealth Care Sciences & Services ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectHealth Policy & Services ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS IDWOS:000459868300001
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Corresponding AuthorHu,Hao
Affiliation1.School of Economics and ManagementBeijing Jiaotong University,Haidian, Beijing,100044,China
2.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese MedicineInstitute of Chinese Medical SciencesUniversity of Macau,Macao
3.School of LawChengdu University of Technology,Chengdu, Sichuan,610000,China
Corresponding Author AffilicationInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
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Tang,Daisheng,Choi,Weng I.,Deng,Liyuan,et al. Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: A cross-sectional study[J]. BMC International Health and Human Rights,2019,19(1).
APA Tang,Daisheng,Choi,Weng I.,Deng,Liyuan,Bian,Ying,&Hu,Hao.(2019).Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: A cross-sectional study.BMC International Health and Human Rights,19(1).
MLA Tang,Daisheng,et al."Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: A cross-sectional study".BMC International Health and Human Rights 19.1(2019).
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