Families in China have been relying heavily on their own family networks fur support during times of adversity. However, the rapid social and economic changes brought about by the introduction of the "open-door economic Policy" have drastically changed the pattern of support strategies adopted by Chinese families in the PRC. The support resources provided by traditional family networks are becoming increasingly inadequate in supporting Chinese families to cope with changing environmental demands. In order to minimise risks and maximise opportunities for survival amidst rapid social and economic transitions, diversification of family support strategies is therefore necessary. This paper draws from the findings of a qualitative research conducted in Beijing on 17 Chinese couples to illustrate the inadequacies of the "family network support strategy", and the strength of the more "proactive support strategy" in coping with changing environmental demands.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Asia Pacific journal of social work|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science