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Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 142–149 | Cite as

Economic Pressure and Loneliness in Migrant Children in China: The Mediating Roles of Parent–Child Communication and Parental Warmth

  • Liuhua YingEmail author
  • Qing Yan
  • Xin Shen
  • Xuji Jia
  • Chongde Lin
Original Article
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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to examine the mediating roles of parent–child communication and parental warmth in the relationship between economic pressure and loneliness in a sample of migrant children in China. A total of 437 participants were selected from two public schools for migrant children in Zhejiang Province, China. All participants were asked to complete four measures, including the Perceived Economic Strain Scale, the Parent–Child Communication Questionnaire, the Parental Warmth Scale, and the Children’s Loneliness Scale. The results showed that economic pressure was positively and directly related to loneliness. Furthermore, parent–child communication and parental warmth partially mediated the relationship between economic pressure and loneliness in migrant children. Thus, parent–child communication and parental warmth play important roles in reducing the negative effect of economic pressure on loneliness in migrant children.

Keywords

Economic stress Parent–child communication Parental warmth Loneliness Children of migrant workers 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by grants from the National Foundation of Natural Science (Grant Number: 31400889), and 521 Training Programme Foundation for the Talents and the Science Foundation of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (Grant Number: 13062175-Y). We are grateful to the support from the project of the National Children’s Study of China.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liuhua Ying
    • 1
    Email author
  • Qing Yan
    • 1
  • Xin Shen
    • 1
  • Xuji Jia
    • 2
  • Chongde Lin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyZhejiang Sci-Tech UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Academy of Psychology and BehaviorTianjin Normal UniversityTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Institute of Developmental PsychologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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