Impact of family function on externalizing problem behavior among rural children left behind: On mediation of self-esteem
CHEN Fengju;LUO Xufang;Department of Education, Hunan First Normal College;
To explore the mediation of self-esteem on the relationship between family function and externalizing problem behavior among children left behind by parents in rural area, family function scale, self esteem scale, and externalizing behavior problem questionnaire were administered by 341 left-behind children and 72 non-left-behind children in Hunan province. Results were showed as follows: Comparing with the non left-behind children, two-parent-absent-children scored lower on family function dimensions, self-esteem and higher on problem behaviors, and one-parent-absentchildren also scored lower on the dimensions of role and communication. Based on the data of left behind children, family function positively correlated with self-esteem, and negatively correlated with problem behaviors; self-esteem completely mediated the relationship of behavior control predicting on the behavior problem.