Self-reported emotional and behavioral problems of left-behind children in Lithuania

Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Straipsnis / Article
Anglų kalba / English
Self-reported emotional and behavioral problems of left-behind children in Lithuania
In the Journal:
Child indicators research. 2020, 13, p. 1203-1216
Kaunas. Kauno kraštas (Kaunas region); Lietuva (Lithuania); Migracija / Migration; Jaunimas / Youth; Vaikai / Children.
Summary / Abstract:

LTReikšminiai žodžiai: Emocinės problemos; Elgesio problemos; Vaikai; Paaugliai; Ekonominė migracija; Emotional problems; Behavioral problems; Children; Adolescents; Economic migration.

ENThe migration makes an influence on children’s mental health and behaviors. However, the majority of studies investigate the families and people in migration rather than leftbehind groups in their home countries. OBJECTIVE: to assess the possible impact of parents’ migration on emotional and behavioral problems of their left-behind children. The study comprised 10–19-year-old adolescents from five urban secondary schools (n = 1292). The cross-sectional study was conducted in Kaunas city (Lithuania). Main measures were self-reported scales – Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) as well as items on subjective perceptions and feelings towards the change of relationship with a missing parent due to migration or divorce. Findings show that left-behind children report more risky behaviors and emotional problems, they tend more to feel unloved (OR = 2.34, p <0.05), longing for missing parent (OR = 4.72, p <0.05), contemplating suicide or self-injuring behavior (OR = 3.92, p <0.05). Emotional and behavioral problems are more prevalent among 15–19-year-old male adolescents (OR = 1.71, p <0.05). The left-behind children report more emotional and behavioral problems compared to the children from divorced families. The findings suggest that parental migration has specific negative effects on left-behind children’s emotional state and behaviors. [From the publication]

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