Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students

Chu JJ, Khan MH, Jahn HJ, Krämer A (2015)
Plos One 10(12): e0144947.

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Objectives University students in general face multiple challenges, which may affect their levels of perceived stress and life satisfaction. Chinese students currently face specific strains due to the One-Child Policy (OCP). The aim of this study was to assess (1) whether the levels of perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction are associated with only-child (OC) status after controlling for demographic and socio-economic characteristics and (2) whether these associations differ between Chinese and international students. Materials and Methods A cross-sectional health survey based on a self-administrated standardised questionnaire was conducted among 1,843 (1,543 Chinese, 300 international) students at two Chinese universities in 2010-2011. Cohen's Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-14) and Stock and Kraemer's Studying-related Life Satisfaction Scale were used to measure perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction respectively. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to examine the associations of OC status with perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction by sex for Chinese students and international students separately. Results The Chinese non-only-children (NOCs) were more likely to come from small cities. Multivariable regression models indicate that the Chinese NOCs were more stressed than OCs (OR = 1.39, 1.11-1.74) with a stronger association in men (OR = 1.48, 1.08-2.02) than women (OR = 1.26, 0.89-1.77). NOCs were also more dissatisfied than their OC fellows in the Chinese subsample (OR = 1.37, 1.09-1.73). Among international students, no associations between OC status and perceived stress or studying-related life satisfaction were found. Conclusions To promote equality between OCs and NOCs at Chinese universities, the causes of more stress and less studying-related life satisfaction among NOCs compared to OCs need further exploration.
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Chu JJ, Khan MH, Jahn HJ, Krämer A. Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students. Plos One. 2015;10(12): e0144947.
Chu, J. J., Khan, M. H., Jahn, H. J., & Krämer, A. (2015). Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students. Plos One, 10(12): e0144947.
Chu, J. J., Khan, M. H., Jahn, H. J., and Krämer, A. (2015). Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students. Plos One 10:e0144947.
Chu, J.J., et al., 2015. Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students. Plos One, 10(12): e0144947.
J.J. Chu, et al., “Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students”, Plos One, vol. 10, 2015, : e0144947.
Chu, J.J., Khan, M.H., Jahn, H.J., Krämer, A.: Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students. Plos One. 10, : e0144947 (2015).
Chu, Janet Junqing, Khan, Mobarak Hossain, Jahn, Heiko J., and Krämer, Alexander. “Only-child status in relation to perceived stress and studying-related life satisfaction among university students in China: a comparison with international students”. Plos One 10.12 (2015): e0144947.
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