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4 Emotional and Behavioral Problems that Children Left Behind May Experience

Excerpted from the book, "The Challenges and Strategies of Parenting as an Overseas Working Mother".


Problem #1 - Depression and Anxiety


Children who are left behind may experience symptoms of depression and anxiety as a result of their parent's absence. They may feel abandoned, lonely, and helpless, which can lead to sadness and worry. Jang and Park (2018) discovered that left-behind children in South Korea had higher levels of anxiety and depression than children who lived with their parents.


Problem #2 - Behavioral Issues


Children may experience behavioral issues as a result of their parent's absence. They may become more aggressive, withdrawn, or disobedient, and they may struggle to adhere to rules and routines. Agarwal and colleagues (2016) discovered that children who were left behind in India were more likely to have behavioral problems than children who lived with both parents.


Problem #3 - Academic Difficulties


A child's academic performance can suffer as a result of a parent's absence. Children who are left behind may struggle to concentrate, miss school due to illness or a lack of transportation, and receive less support for their education. According to Guo and colleagues (2017), left-behind children in China have lower academic achievement and attendance than children who live with both parents.


Problem #4 - Social Isolation


Children who are left behind may experience social isolation and struggle to form and maintain relationships with peers. They may feel different from their peers and may struggle to connect with others who have both parents present. According to Ma and Gao (2018), children who were left behind in China had lower levels of social support than children who lived with both parents.


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