Compensated dating in Hong Kong: Prevalence, psychosocial correlates, and relationships with other risky behaviors

T. Y. Lee, Tan Lei Shek

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Study Objective: We sought to study the prevalence of the compensated dating (CD) phenomenon among early adolescents in Hong Kong and to identify psychosocial correlates of CD, particularly basic demographic factors, positive youth development (PYD) qualities, and perceived family functioning. Design and Participants: In 2010, during the Wave 2 data collection of a 6-year longitudinal study on PYD in Hong Kong, 3,638 Grade 8 students were surveyed. Results: (a) For prevalence rate of CD, less than 3% of the respondents had ever engaged in CD; (b) Males reported a higher percentage of CD than females did; (c) Different measures of PYD and perceived family functioning were negatively related to adolescents' CD behavior; (d) Higher levels of PYD and better mutual support, love, and concern among family members were related to a lower level of CD; and (e) A mild relationship was found between CD and substance abuse. Conclusions: Although the prevalence rate of CD was not high, it was alarming. CD was related to other forms of risky behavior. Higher levels of PYD and better family functioning were negatively related to CD.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number3 SUPPL
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Compensated dating
  • Family functioning
  • Juvenile prostitution
  • Positive youth development
  • Project P.A.T.H.S.
  • Risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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