A brief overview of adolescent developmental problems in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Hing Keung Ma, Rachel C F Sun

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Several adolescent developmental problems in Hong Kong are briefly reviewed in this paper. First, rising adolescent substance abuse trends are described. Second, Internet use problems and Internet addiction among young people are examined. Third, worrying trends in adolescent sexuality are identified. Fourth, phenomena on bullying among young people are reviewed. Finally, phenomena related to adolescent materialistic orientation are focused upon. With reference to these adolescent developmental problems, possible solutions are briefly discussed particularly with reference to the ecological perspective. It is argued that the related scientific literature provides useful pointers for designing the curriculum in the extension phase of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. L. Shek et al.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2243-2256
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • Chinese adolescents
  • developmental problems
  • positive youth development
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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