The changing support strategies of Chinese families in the midst of rapid social and economic transitions

Woon Ki Angelina Yuen Tsang, Kwok Leung Denny Ho, A.S.M. Ku

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-72
Number of pages18
JournalAsia Pacific journal of social work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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