Parental absence, child victimization, and psychological well-being in rural China

Mengtong Chen, Ko Ling Edward Chan

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Elevated levels of depression were also found among left-behind children and children of separated or divorced parents, compared to children living with both biological parents; and child poly-victimization added to the risk of child depression. Certain demographic characteristics (being a boy and younger) and parental factors were associated with child victimization in rural China. This study highlights the need for child protection in rural China, and in particular for parent-absent children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Child victimization
  • Depression
  • Left-behind children
  • Parental absence
  • Poly-victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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