Family policy in China: A snapshot of 1950-2010

Yan Ruth Xia, Haiping Wang, Anh Do, Shen Qin

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The Chinese family policies are shaped by the country's political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts and have evolved over the years. China has passed its most significant family policies and laws in marriage; child rearing; child, women, and elderly protection; family planning; and health care in the past 60 years. This chapter will cover the most important laws and policies that affect Chinese families from 1950 to 2010. The discussion focuses on policy development, implementation and analysis, and the challenges China faces in relation to these policy issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Policies Across the Globe
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781461467717
ISBN (Print)9781461467700
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Child welfare
  • Chinese family policies
  • Divorce
  • Healthcare policies
  • Marriage laws
  • One-Child policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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