Adolescent developmental issues in Hong Kong : phenomena and implications for youth service

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Several adolescent developmental issues in Hong Kong are examined in this chapter. First, trends of adolescent substance abuse are portrayed. Second, prevalence and phenomena of adolescent Internet addiction are examined. Third, materialistic orientation and concept of money among adolescents are outlined. Fourth, problematic adolescent sexual attitudes and behaviors are presented. Fifth, phenomena related to school bullying and cyberbullying are discussed. Sixth, the trends and phenomena of adolescent poverty are reviewed. Seventh, the implications of youth unemployment and the impact of reduced income are outlined. With reference to these issues, it is argued that promotion of psychosocial competence in adolescents is important, which forms the foundation for the design and implementation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment and evaluation of positive adolescent training through holistic social programs (P.A.T.H.S.)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789814451543, 9814451541
ISBN (Print)9789814451536, 9814451533
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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