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Effect of Parental Migration on the Intellectual and Physical Development of Early School-Aged Children in Rural China

Li, Minmin, Zhu, Ni, Zeng, Lingxia, Wang, Duolao ORCID:, Dang, Shaonong, Watson, Vicky, Chen, Tao ORCID:, Hua, Zhongqiu, Li, Zhaoqing, Kang, Yijun, Yan, Hong and Li, Chao (2020) 'Effect of Parental Migration on the Intellectual and Physical Development of Early School-Aged Children in Rural China'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol 17, Issue 1, e339.

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The purpose of this study is to estimate the effect of parent migration on intellectual and physical development of early school-aged children in rural China.
setting and participants: The present cross-sectional study participants were a subset from a controlled, cluster-randomized, double-blind trial. From October 2012 to September 2013, the offspring of women who participated in a large trial were examined in the present study. Wechsler intelligence scale for children (WISC-IV) in which validity and reliability were shown to be satisfactory was used to measure the intellectual function and trained anthropometrists measured weight and height of children using standard procedures.
The mean difference of FSIQ scores between non-migration and both-parent migration groups was -3.68 (95%CI: -5.49, -1.87). After adjusting for the confounders, the mean difference of full-scale IQ between non-migration and both-parent migration group was -1.97 (95%CI: -3.92, -0.01), the mean differences of perceptual reasoning index and processing speed index were -2.41 (95%CI: -4.50, -0.31) and -2.39 (95%CI: -4.42, -0.35) between two groups respectively.
Our results emphasized the impairment of both-parental migration in intellectual function (FSIQ, PRI, PSI) of children. These findings have important policy implications for the Chinese government to prevent the impairment of left-behind children. Further research is required to clarify the mechanisms by which both-parental migration influence the impairment in intellectual function of children.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WS Pediatrics > WS 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 440 Preschool child
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Marie Hatton
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 10:11
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 16:12


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