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Adverse Environments and Children's Creativity Development: Transforming the Notion of 'Success in Adversity' in China Published:2015-11-09 16:13:03  Views:10

Authors: Cheng, L (Cheng, Li); Tan, M (Tan, Mei); Liu, ZK (Liu, Zhengkui)

Name of Journal: GLOBAL CONTEXT FOR NEW DIRECTIONS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

Vol. 147, p. 93-100, Published in 2015

 

Abstract:

China has been undergoing great social change due to its new focus on urbanization and globalization. Such change has had a tremendous adverse impact on the living conditions of millions of young children, simultaneously generating new interest in children's creativity development. The intersection of these two issues has important implications for China's future as it brings together one of China's core cultural values 'success in adversity' the importance of creativity, and very real social and economic needs. 'Success in adversity' reflects the strongly held belief that individuals who suffer adverse environments can rise to excellence and success through persistence, effort, and creativity. In this article, we briefly explore the historical sources of this belief and how it is closely related to the Chinese conception of creativity. We then present some studies on the creativity of some of China's migrant children. Findings show that while migrant children as a group may not generally exhibit higher creativity than their urban peers as hypothesized, indications of resilience and creative potential suggest that the notion of success in adversity may contribute to the positive development of China's migrant children more substantially when it is informed by research and augmented by research-supported policy. (C) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

 

Key Words:

HONG-KONG; RESILIENCE; SYMPTOMS

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