Relationships among mental health, self-esteem and physical health in chinese adolescents: An exploratory study

Ho Cheung William Li, Siu Ling Polly Chan, Oi Kwan Joyce Chung, Miu Ling Maureen Chui

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This study explored the relationships among mental health, self-esteem and physical health in Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. Chinese students (N = 1945) between the ages of 12 and 19 from four secondary schools of different regions were invited to participate in the study. This study revealed that a significant number of adolescents in Hong Kong are experiencing depressive symptoms. The overall results indicated that self-esteem of adolescents was correlated to and a predictor of their physical and mental health. Health care professionals should take a more assertive role in promoting relevant health education to the community with emphasis on helping adolescents develop positive self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Chinese
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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