Life Satisfaction in Junior Secondary School Students in Hong Kong: A 3-Year Longitudinal Study

Tan Lei Shek, Ting Ting Liu

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The present longitudinal study examined life satisfaction and the related socio-demographic, family, and positive youth development correlates in junior secondary school students in Hong Kong. Results showed that adolescents perceived life satisfaction decreased in their junior secondary school years. Several socio-demographic correlates of life satisfaction were identified from the results of mixed effects ANOVAs and multiple regression analyses: girls showed higher life satisfaction than did boys; adolescents in non-intact families had lower life satisfaction than did adolescents in intact families; adolescents experiencing economic disadvantage showed relatively lower life satisfaction. Results also showed that both family functioning and positive youth development had generally positive predictive relationships with adolescent life satisfaction over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-794
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Family functioning
  • Life satisfaction
  • Longitudinal study
  • Positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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