Perceptions of adolescents among teachers and social workers in the context of training programs in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This article explores whether professionals working with young people hold a negative view on adolescents in Hong Kong. Data were collected from 1112 participants from 23 workshops in a 3-day training program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. In the workshop, there was a group activity inviting the participants to describe the characteristics of contemporary young people in Hong Kong. The findings showed that positive comments about adolescents were only half of the negative comments. The common themes that emerged from the negative comments included: "problematic self-conceptions", "do not have long-term life goals", "irresponsible", "materialistic", and "calculative". The common themes that emerged from the positive comments included: "good at learning new things", "energetic", and "creative". The themes apparently reflected sociocultural characteristics of the contemporary Hong Kong Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Project P.A.T.H.S.
  • qualitative evaluation
  • training program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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