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Left-behind Children in China: A qualitative study about the experience of left-behind children concerning their childhood
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of the thesis is to explore the negative life experience of left-behind children in a dynamic and integrated perspective taking left-behind children, their guardians, parents, school and other social communities into consideration. It explores the current situation of some left-behind children in China, and discusses the causes and negative effects on children‟s comprehensive development. A qualitative research method has been used because of the in-depth outcome accessible through face-to-face interview. Three left-behind children in different family compositions and one teacher were interviewed. The outcome of this study is discussed in multiple dimensions to explore consequences of left-behind children in China. The results suggest that parents’ migration can lead to more serious problems for the children than expected. The management of left-behind children requires concerted efforts from various social systems, not only parents, schools, children welfare center, and the whole nation, otherwise it would worsen deteriorated social issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
left-behind children, children wellbeing, social welfare, parental absence
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17263Archive number: SGSMKINSA - V14-9OAI: diva2:732773
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-06 Last updated: 2014-07-07Bibliographically approved

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