Developmental outcomes of economically disadvantaged adolescents in Hong Kong: A replication

Tan Lei Shek, Pik fong Tsui

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The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between economic disadvantage and adolescent and developmental outcomes as well as perceived family qualities in 3580 Secondary 2 students in Hong Kong. Developmental outcomes include positive youth development constructs, problem behavior and drug taking behavior, whereas perceived family qualities include perceived family interaction and parental parenting. Generally speaking, poor and non-poor adolescents differ in terms of overall positive youth development and family life quality. Although adolescents experiencing poverty do not display significant differences from non-poor adolescents in terms of risk behavior and psychosocial competencies, adolescents with economic disadvantage show lower levels of positive identity, family interaction, and perceived paternal parenting than do those without economic disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-403
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • Chinese adolescents
  • economic disadvantage
  • Hong Kong
  • parenting quality
  • positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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