Do adolescent developmental issues disappear overnight? Reflections about holistic development in university students

Tan Lei Shek, Keri K. Wong

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Abstract

Adolescent developmental issues, such as mental health problems, substance abuse, and egocentric behavior, of university students are examined. This conceptual review generally shows that although there are related issues among university students deserving greater attention, there is a general lack of systematic prevention or positive youth development programs adopting the principle of universal prevention. In contrast to the abundance of universal adolescent prevention and positive youth development programs specifically designed for high school students, similar programs are grossly lacking in the university educational context. This paper highlights the factors contributing to such negligence in university education and the possible strategies that can be adopted to help university students develop in a holistic manner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-361
Number of pages9
JournalTheScientificWorldJournal
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Developmental issues
  • Mental health
  • Positive youth development
  • Prevention programs
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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