Life satisfaction, positive youth development, and problem behaviour among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Rachel C F Sun, Tan Lei Shek

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This paper examines the relationships among life satisfaction, positive youth development, and problem behaviour. A total of 7,975 Secondary One students (4,169 boys and 3,387 girls; with most aged 12) of Chinese ethnicity recruited from 48 schools responded to validated measures of life satisfaction, positive youth development and problem behaviour. While life satisfaction was positively correlated with different measures of positive youth development, these measures were negatively correlated with measures of substance abuse, delinquency and intention to engage in problem behaviour. Based on a series of structural equation models, a non-recursive model was found to best fit the data, which suggests that adolescents having higher levels of positive youth development are more satisfied with life and have fewer problem behaviour, with life satisfaction and problem behaviour negatively reinforcing each other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-474
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Life satisfaction
  • Positive youth development
  • Problem behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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