Economic Stress, Human Capital, and Families in Asia

Research and Policy Challenges

  • Wei-Jun Jean Yeung
  • Mui Teng Yap

Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Overview

  3. Women, Children and Economic Stress

  4. Economic Stress and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, Zhenhua Xu
      Pages 131-149
  5. Social Support During Economic Hardships

  6. Economic Stress and Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Sheila B. Kamerman
      Pages 197-220
    3. Mui Teng Yap
      Pages 259-261
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-270

About this book


This book presents recent findings about the consequences and policy implications of economic stress for human capital development and family well-being in Asia. The scope of the chapters goes beyond the impact of current financial crisis to include the effect of economic deprivation families in Asia experience as a result of job loss, low-wage employment, and catastrophic natural calamities. The studies show how macro-level economic stress can filter down through households to affect individuals’ economic and socio-psychological well-being. The chapters reveal a wide spectrum of economic stresses experienced by families in Asia that is linked to poor human capital development, emotional distress, health problems, changing fertility patterns, more frequent geographic movement, and less supportive parenting behavior. The elderly, women, children, low-skilled workers are particularly vulnerable. The economic shocks in the past several decades have exposed the vulnerability of the family institution and the weaknesses in this region’s social protection system that can lead to detrimental long-term effects on human capital development. This book is relevant for researchers and students in fields such as Family Studies, Globalization, Development, Social Problems, Social Stratification, Social Inequalities, Poverty and Welfare, Education, and Social Policies.


Asia Child Policy Strategy Childhood Policy in Asia Children's Well-Being in Asia Economic Stress Education Family Well-Being in Asia Global Financial Crisis Human Capital Poverty Psychological Well-Being Research and Policy Challenges Resilience Single Mothers Social Networks Wenchuan Earthquake

Editors and affiliations

  • Wei-Jun Jean Yeung
    • 1
  • Mui Teng Yap
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology & Asia ResearchNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Institute of Policy StudiesLee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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