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Seminar Series: Yuying Tong, Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Living at School and Students' Academic Skills and Health Well-Being in Rural China
When Oct 26, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Feinian Chen
Nicole DeLoatch
Sonalde Desai
William Fennie
Zhiyong Lin
Lucia Lykke
Daniela Marshall
Lea Pessin
Michael Rendall
Valentina Tonei
Yuying Tong
Reeve Vanneman
Yeats Ye
Jenni Young
Fatima Zahra
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About the Talk

Using China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) 2010 data, we examine multiple dimensions of the consequences of living at school for children between 10 and 15 in rural China. We found that boarding at school is beneficial for students’ academics in both word recognition and numerical skills. However, boarding students are also more likely to be sick and have higher depression scores, albeit less likely to be overweight or underweight. Our results are consistent across fixed effects regression models and propensity score matching analyses. We then examined the mechanisms of exposure of learning and detachment from parents to study why this is the case. We found that the positive influence of boarding on students’ academic skills is mainly due to their increased exposure to the learning environment. In contrast, detachment from the home environment has partially contributed to more frequent sickness and higher levels of depression.

About the Speaker

Yuying Tong

Yuying Tong is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Her research areas cross social demography, migration and immigration, family and life course, gender disparity and quantitative methods.

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Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.

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