Poor vision among China's rural primary school students: Prevalence, correlates and consequences

Hongmei Yi*, Linxiu Zhang, Xiaochen Ma, Nathan Congdon, Yaojiang Shi, Xiaopeng Pang, Junxia Zeng, Lei Wang, Matthew Boswell, Scott Rozelle

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Abstract

Using a survey of 19,977 children in two provinces, this paper explores the prevalence, correlates and potential consequences of poor vision among children in China's vast but understudied rural areas. We find that 24% of sample students suffer from reduced uncorrected visual acuity in either eye and 16% in both eyes. Poor vision is significantly correlated with individual, parental and family characteristics, with modest magnitudes for all correlates but home province and grade level. The results also suggest a possible adverse impact of poor vision on academic performance and mental health, particularly among students with severe poor vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-262
Number of pages16
JournalChina Economic Review
Volume33
Early online date09 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • Academic performance
  • Children
  • Mental health
  • Poor vision
  • Rural China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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