A comparison of children's needs models in the Australian and Chinese context

Hu, Yang, Burton, Judith, & Lonne, Bob (2013) A comparison of children's needs models in the Australian and Chinese context. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7(1), pp. 75-87.


The diverse needs of children have been drawing global attention from both academic and practitioner communities. Based on semi-structured interviews with 23 kin caregivers and five school personnel in the Shijiapu Town of Jilin Province, China, this paper presents a needs model for rural school-age children left behind by their migrant parents. This Chinese model is compared to the needs identification mechanism developed by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and youth. The paper outlines the common needs of children in different contexts, and also highlights the needs that are not explicit in the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth framework, such as empowerment and agency or perhaps given insufficient weight, such as education. In discussing relationships among different needs, aspects that are missing in the framework it is argued that culture should be more explicitly recognised when defining need.

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ID Code: 66609
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Children left behind, Children's needs, Kinship care, Needs model, Rural children
ISSN: 1833-6280
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2014 22:51
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 04:22

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