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1. Sheng, Yingyan. Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality.

Degree: PhD, College of Communication and Information, 2019, Kent State University

This dissertation examines the communication between China left-behind children and their migrant parents from the three-level perspective of relational maintenance (Dainton, 2003): the <i>self</i>, the <i>system</i>, and the <i>network</i> contexts. Specifically, this study looks at how the left-behind children imagine about the interactions with parents at distance from the perspective of <i>self</i>, what relational maintenance behaviors are used by the migrant parents and the left-behind children as the coping strategies from the perspective of <i>system</i>, and how family support from grandparents facilitates the long-distance parent-child relationship from the perspective of <i>network</i>. The purpose of this study is to not only extend the existing literature on imagined interactions, relational maintenance behaviors, and family support, but also help maintain the long-distance parent-child relationship, and in turn improve their relationship quality. Results suggested that left-behind children who engaged in more IIs which relieved tension and improved self-understanding in relation to parents, and perceived more joyful and task-sharing relational maintenance behaviors from migrant parents had better relationship with their parents, when age, communication frequency, and reunion frequency were controlled for. Advisors/Committee Members: Lin, Mei-Chen (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Communication; left-behind children; relational maintenance; imagined interaction; family support; relationship quality

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APA (6th Edition):

Sheng, Y. (2019). Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality. (Doctoral Dissertation). Kent State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1574615755025795

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Sheng, Yingyan. “Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Kent State University. Accessed December 08, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1574615755025795.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Sheng, Yingyan. “Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality.” 2019. Web. 08 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Sheng Y. Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Kent State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Dec 08]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1574615755025795.

Council of Science Editors:

Sheng Y. Communication Between Left-Behind Children and Their Migrant Parents in China: A Study of Imagined Interactions, Relational Maintenance Behaviors, Family Support, and Relationship Quality. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Kent State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1574615755025795

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