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Half of students believe they need to share financial burden: survey

Half of students believe they need to share financial burden: survey

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) As many as half of underprivileged elementary and junior high students feel responsible for helping out with family finances, according to a survey that offers some insight into the lives of "little adults" in need of assistance. The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families said Wednesday that its survey on 512 of its support recipients found that 27 percent of respondents actively help their parents out by contributing to the family's income.
The fund said that the disadvantaged families it helps have an average per capita disposable income of just NT$5,301 (US$176) each month -- less than a quarter of the nationwide average of NT$23,863 and only about half of the average disposable income of Taiwan's poorest 20 percent, according to figures from 2012. Children in such families often give more than just financial support, as well. At 53 percent, just over half of those surveyed said they regularly offer emotional support to calm down family members, while 68 percent said they need to listen to worries and problems from their relatives. For 51 percent of respondents, the pressure of facing those challenges has created a lot of stress. The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families aims to raise NT$100 million by year-end to give a helping hand to those in need, urging public donations to help meet the goal. It has collected NT$39 million so far. The charity's survey was conducted between Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 last year and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.92 percentage points. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2020-11-30 16:37 GMT+08:00