Family and personal adjustment of economically disadvantaged Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, P.F. Tsui

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Abstract

This study attempted to examine the relationship between poverty and adolescent developmental outcomes in the family and personal domains in 3,328 Chinese secondary school students in Hong Kong. Developmental outcomes included positive youth development constructs, problem behaviors, perceived family interaction, and parental parenting. Results showed that adolescents experiencing poverty did not differ from non-poor adolescents in terms of risk behavior, and in most indicators of positive youth development. On the other hand, adolescents with economic disadvantage displayed lower levels of positive identity, family interaction, and perceived paternal parenting than did those without economic disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of child health and human development
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Chinese adolescents
  • Positive youth development
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Family functioning
  • Poverty

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