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Liushou women’s happiness and its influencing factors in rural China

Liang, H., Tang, Y. and Huo, X. (2013) Liushou women’s happiness and its influencing factors in rural China. Social Indicators Research, 117 (3). pp. 907-918. ISSN 1573-0921

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s11205-013-0370-3


The economic development of urban cities in China has attracted a large number of labour from the rural countryside. The married migrant workers will usually leave their wives’ homes to look after the other family members and the farmland. A special term liushou women, has been created for this group of women. Among the 87 million rural residents, 47 million of them are liushou women according to the recent survey conducted by China Agricultural University. They play a crucial role in the development of rural economy and an essential role to the social stability of rural China. In this research, the factors that influence the happiness of liushou women were investigated in the Western part of China. Based on the population investigated, it was found that the financial situation, personality, government efficiency, conjugal relationship and relationship with in-laws are the significant factors influencing the happiness of liushou women. This finding demonstrates that the Chinese women are willing to sacrifice their personal interest for the interests of their families.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:41238
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rural China, Liushou women, Happiness, Influencing factors, Family value

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