A 6-year longitudinal study of self-efficacy in Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yin Liang

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This study examined the development of self-efficacy in the high school years and the related socio-demographic and family correlates. A longitudinal research design was used to collect data from students in Grade 7 to Grade 12. At each wave, students responded to measures of socio-demographic characteristics (gender, economic disadvantage and non-intactness), family processes (family functioning and parent-child relational quality), academic and school competence and self-efficacy. Results showed that self-efficacy increased in the adolescent years. Regarding socio-demographic predictors, economic disadvantage and family non-intactness were related to adolescent self-efficacy. Findings also showed that family processes (family functioning and parent-child subsystem quality) and academic and school competence were related to adolescent self-efficacy but the nature of relationships was more complex than expected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Hong Kong
  • individual growth modeling
  • longitudinal study
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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