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Interrelationships of Parenting Information, Family Care, and Child Development: A Cross-Sectional Study in Rural China

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School of Economics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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China Center for Agricultural Policy, School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(16), 5737; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165737
Received: 4 July 2020 / Revised: 6 August 2020 / Accepted: 7 August 2020 / Published: 8 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Economics)
This paper studied the interrelationships between parenting information, family care, and early childhood development (ECD) outcomes. A total of 1787 sample households in rural China were enrolled in a cross-sectional study. A demographic questionnaire, a parenting information questionnaire, the Family Care Indicators (FCIs), and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development version III (BSID-III) were used to measure demographic characteristics, parenting information that the caregiver received, family care, and early development outcomes of the child, respectively. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was then used to estimate the interrelationships. The results showed that family care significantly mediated between parenting information and ECD outcomes. Through family care, one standard deviation (SD) increase in the parenting information was associated with the increase in the child’s four development outcomes (cognition, language, motor, and social–emotion) by 3%, 4%, 4%, and 5% of one SD, respectively. Different measurements of parenting information and different components of family care played different roles in the interrelationships. The key findings of this study are informative for providing early child development services in rural China. View Full-Text
Keywords: early childhood development; parenting information; family care; rural China early childhood development; parenting information; family care; rural China
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Zhong, J.; Luo, R. Interrelationships of Parenting Information, Family Care, and Child Development: A Cross-Sectional Study in Rural China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5737.

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