Delinquent Behavior in High School Students in Hong Kong: Sociodemographic, Personal, and Family Determinants

Daniel T.L. Shek, Li Lin

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Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, and Main Outcome Measures: A 6-year longitudinal research design was used. Students responded to a questionnaire containing sociodemographic questions and validated measures of positive youth development, family functioning, and delinquent behavior. Results: There was an increasing trend of delinquent behavior with the growth rate slowing down over the high school years. Male adolescents reported higher levels of delinquent behavior and showed a greater increase of delinquent behavior relative to female adolescents. Although positive youth development and family functioning were negatively associated with the initial level of delinquent behavior, they were positively associated with the growth rate of delinquent behavior over time. Conclusion: Delinquent behavior could be described by a quadratic growth curve during high school years. Gender, positive youth development, and family functioning influence the level and developmental trajectory of delinquent behavior in adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S61-S71
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Delinquent behavior
  • Developmental trajectory
  • Family functioning
  • Positive youth development
  • Sociodemographic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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