Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2020


Human Development and Family Studies

First Major Professor

Meghan T Gillette


Master of Family and Consumer Sciences (MFCS)


Human Development and Family Studies


This paper explores the potential adaptive programs for Chinese rural children when they transfer from Chinese rural areas to urban areas. The huge urban-rural economic gap in China directly results in its unbalanced educational resource allocation. Some outstanding rural students must have opportunities to access urban public resources to obtain positive development. The Chinese government has conducted a lot of programs that assist Chinese rural children to obtain an education in urban areas; however, the effects are limited since these programs just transfer these children directly but do not put much effort into helping them to adapt to local culture. To better support rural children’s development when they move to urban areas, this program was designed, which focuses on implementing 3 C’s out of 5 C’s, which are confidence, competence, and connection. This program has three stages in total, and each step has three activities that focus on positive developmental concepts. China does not have a mature positive youth development system due to its strict education system. In the future, hopefully, programs like this one can focus on how to maintain the long-term mental health and overall development of the rural children after they transfer to urban areas.

Copyright Owner

Zhang, Yiying

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