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The Effect of Boarding on the Mental Health of Primary School Students in Western Rural China

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Center for Experimental Economics in Education (CEEE), Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, China
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School of Economics and Finance, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, China
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Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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School of Foreign Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8200; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218200
Received: 22 September 2020 / Revised: 22 October 2020 / Accepted: 29 October 2020 / Published: 6 November 2020
Based on the panel data of 20,594 fourth- and fifth-grade students in the western provinces A and B in China, this paper analyzed the effect of boarding at school on the mental health of students using a combination of the propensity score matching (PSM) and difference-in-differences (DID) methods. The results showed that boarding had no significant effect on the mental health of students, but the tendency of loneliness among boarding school students was increased. Heterogeneity analysis found that fifth-grade students whose parents had both left home to work were more likely to have poorer mental health when boarding. This paper has essential policy significance for guiding rural primary schools to improve the mental health of boarding school students, especially left-behind children. View Full-Text
Keywords: boarding school student; mental health; rural China; difference-in-differences; matching boarding school student; mental health; rural China; difference-in-differences; matching
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Tang, B.; Wang, Y.; Gao, Y.; Wu, S.; Li, H.; Chen, Y.; Shi, Y. The Effect of Boarding on the Mental Health of Primary School Students in Western Rural China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8200. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218200

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Tang B, Wang Y, Gao Y, Wu S, Li H, Chen Y, Shi Y. The Effect of Boarding on the Mental Health of Primary School Students in Western Rural China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8200. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218200

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Tang, Bin, Yue Wang, Yujuan Gao, Shijin Wu, Haoyang Li, Yang Chen, and Yaojiang Shi. 2020. "The Effect of Boarding on the Mental Health of Primary School Students in Western Rural China" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8200. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218200

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