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The role of parental education in child disability in China from 1987 to 2006

Xiaoying Zheng, Ping He, Chao Guo, Zhenjie Wang, Gong Chen
This paper aimed to investigate the role of parental education in child disability in China. We used nationally representative data from China’s National Sample Survey on Disability, iterated twice, in 1987 and 2006, with data of 764,718 children aged 0–14 years. Logit models were used for statistical analysis. Results showed that the prevalence of child disability was significantly associated with each parent’s education. Maternal education was more important than paternal education in child disability in both surveys. The analysis of marginal effect indicated a one-year increase in maternal and paternal schooling led to an average decrease of 0.121% and 0.091% in the probability of child disability in 1987, and 19 years later, these figures had dwindled to 0.091% and 0.072%, respectively.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186623

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