Underprivileged students feel financially responsible
January 9, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI -- 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.