Chinese cultural beliefs about adversity: Its relationship to psychological well-being, school adjustment and problem behaviour in Hong Kong adolescents with and without economic disadvantage

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The relationship between Hong Kong adolescents' beliefs about adversity and their adjustment was studied using a scale measuring positive and negative Chinese cultural beliefs about adversity (N = 1519). Results showed that adolescents with stronger endorsement of positive Chinese beliefs (or weaker endorsement of negative Chinese beliefs) about adversity generally had better psychological well-being and school adjustment and less problem behaviour. Although adolescents' degree of agreement with Chinese cultural beliefs about adversity was generally associated with adolescent adjustment, this relationship was stronger in adolescents with economic disadvantage than in adolescents without economic disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-80
Number of pages18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent adjustment
  • Adversity
  • Chinese cultural beliefs
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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