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The One-Child Population Policy, Modernization, and the Extended Chinese Family
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Feb., 1985), pp. 193-202
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352082
Page Count: 10
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Demographic processes and socioeconomic developments alter the traditional ways of household formation and family structure, as has been shown by changes in the family patterns in Western societies. Will the same changes take place in the traditional extended family in China as the world's largest nation carries out a rigorous one-child family policy and a strong modernization program? This paper examines structural, social-psychological and ecological factors affecting the direction and type of changes occurring in the Chinese family. It is concluded that multiple demographic and socioeconomic influences and the family's adaptive responses are creating conditions in China for the traditional household arrangement to survive, while generating new variants of family organization.
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