Stimulation and Early Child Development in China: Caregiving at Arm's Length
Yue, Ai1; Shi, Yaojiang1; Luo, Renfu2,3; Wang, Boya1; Weber, Ann4; Medina, Alexis5; Kotb, Sarah5; Rozelle, Scott5
Corresponding AuthorYue, Ai(yueai@163.com)
AbstractObjective: To provide an empirical overview of the parenting landscape in rural China, focusing on 18- to 30-month-old children and their caregivers in rural Shaanxi province. Methods: We collected unique data on 1442 caregiver-toddler dyads in rural areas of Shaanxi province and examined caregiver attitudes toward parenting, sources of information about parenting, and interactive parenting practices, and how each of these differed across generations. We measured how parenting attitudes and sources of information informed parenting practices. Finally, we measured levels of child development in our sample and the association between parenting practices and children's developmental outcomes. Results: Most of the caregivers did not engage with children in a way that encouraged early development. Caregivers rarely told stories, sang, or used toys to play with their children. Grandmothers were more stressed by the children in their care and engaged significantly less than mothers did in the 3 stimulating interactions. Professional sources of information about parenting were underutilized by all caregivers. We found high rates of developmental delay in our sample and showed that these delays were associated with the lack of caregiver engagement. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that the major economic and social shifts occurring in rural China have not led to a widespread prevalence of stimulative parenting practices. Although caregivers report positive attitudes toward child-rearing, reliable sources of scientific information are lacking. Our results show a troubling generational disconnect between the information-seeking behaviors and parenting practices of rural caregivers.
Keywordcaregiver-child interaction parenting early child development
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Funding Project111 project[B16031] ; National Science Foundation of China[71703083] ; International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) ; UBS Optimus Foundation
Funding Organization111 project ; National Science Foundation of China ; International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) ; UBS Optimus Foundation
WOS Research AreaBehavioral Sciences ; Psychology ; Pediatrics
WOS SubjectBehavioral Sciences ; Psychology, Developmental ; Pediatrics
WOS IDWOS:000480752600007
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Corresponding AuthorYue, Ai
Affiliation1.Shaanxi Normal Univ, CEEE, Xian 710119, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
2.Peking Univ, Sch Adv Agr Sci, Ctr Chinese Agr Policy, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, CCAP, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Stanford Univ, Dept Pediat, Sch Med, Stanford, CA 94305 USA
5.Stanford Univ, Freeman Spogli Inst Int Studies, REAP, Stanford, CA 94305 USA
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Yue, Ai,Shi, Yaojiang,Luo, Renfu,et al. Stimulation and Early Child Development in China: Caregiving at Arm's Length[J]. JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS,2019,40(6):458-467.
APA Yue, Ai.,Shi, Yaojiang.,Luo, Renfu.,Wang, Boya.,Weber, Ann.,...&Rozelle, Scott.(2019).Stimulation and Early Child Development in China: Caregiving at Arm's Length.JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS,40(6),458-467.
MLA Yue, Ai,et al."Stimulation and Early Child Development in China: Caregiving at Arm's Length".JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS 40.6(2019):458-467.
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