WCPC Seminar – November 3: Wen-Jui Han, “Children’s Well-being in Contemporary China”

West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar

“Children’s Well-being in Contemporary China: Poverty and Inequality in the Children’s Well-Being Survey 2014”

Wen-Jui Han
Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Director, NYC-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai

Monday, November 3

Please note the change in venue:
School of Social Work, Room 305
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Q & A until 2:00 p.m.

Abstract: As Chinese children will make up a great share of the world
population in the coming years, we need to understand the common
developmental experiences of this population as well as how a variety of
individual and external factors might affect children s well-being in
particular. This is important particularly given the increasing income
disparity and thus escalating inequality in China which may
disproportionately affect families with children. Building upon these
rationales, the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai
has started to collect information on approximately 2,200 first-grade
children who were attending public schools in Shanghai, China during spring
semester of 2014.??? Our 2,200 first-graders were reported to have healthy
social and emotional well-being and an average or above average academic
performance, but boys and children from low-income families or rural hukou
status families had somewhat worse well-being. In addition, these 2,200
children tended to be in good health, but a noticeable proportion of them
were considered to be overweight or obese, primarily boys and children from
top-income families. We are planning to collect longitudinal information on
these 2,200 children in the hope of shaping appropriate policy responses to
encourage the healthy development of this and future generations.

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