Understanding the Relationship between Poverty and Children’s Mental Health in Poverty-Stricken Area of China: Social Causation or Social Selection?
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This study aimed to explore the relationship between poverty and children’s mental health in the social context of China. Data were consisted of 1314 children, which were collected with a multi-stage cluster random sampling method in Xiushui, a typical poverty city in China. Structural equation modeling was adopted to test the hypothesized model. Results showed that both social causation model and social selection model could explain the relationship between poverty and children’s mental health in Mainland China. The implications of these findings on theory and social work services were also discussed.
KeywordsSocial causation Social selection Poverty Mental health Children
C.L.: designed and executed the study, performed the statistical analysis, and wrote the paper. S.J.: collaborated with the study and revised the manuscript. X.Y.: collaborated in the writing and editing of the final manuscript.
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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