With China's urbanization and its development in market economy, mass rural-to-urban migration has occurred over the past decades. Consequently, number of migrant children has significantly increased. In this talk, Prof. Chien-Chung Huang will first draw from secondary data to reveal that migrant children have worse psychological and behavioral outcomes than local children. Prof. Huang will then share new findings from mindfulness and life-skill interventions for migrant children designed by his research team. The results from the interventions indicate that mindfulness and life-skill training have potential to increase resilience and improve well-being of migrant children in China.
About the Speaker
Chien-Chung Huang (Ph.D., 1998, Social Work, Columbia University) is the director of Huamin Research Center and a professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research emphasizes on the role of social policy in affecting the well-being of children and their families both domestically and internationally. He has also specifically investigated the effects of domestic violence on victims and their children. In recent years, Dr. Huang has focus on effects of philanthropy, nonprofit sector, and social innovation on social development. Dr. Huang co-edited and translated 7 books and published more than 70 articles in peer-review journals. His research has appeared in journals including Child Development, the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Marriage and Family, American Journal of Public Health, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Human Service Organizations, International Journal of Social Welfare, The China Nonprofit Review, Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Population Economics, Social Service Review, Family Relations, and Children and Youth Services Review.
This lecture is part of the 2019-2020 annual lecture series on "Using Scientific Evidence to Address Social Challenges in China" cosponsored by the Columbia China Center for Social Policy and Weatherhead East Asian Institute and supported by the Columbia School of Social Work.