Relationships among resilience, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms in Chinese adolescents

J. O.K. Chung, K. K.W. Lam, K. Y. Ho, A. T. Cheung, L. L.K. Ho, F. Gibson, W. H.C. Li

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This study explored the relationships among resilience, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms in Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. We selected a stratified random sample of 1816 Form 1 students from all 18 districts of Hong Kong. This study revealed that about 21 percent adolescents are experiencing some depressive symptoms. Our results contribute novel findings to the literature showing that resilience is a strong indicator of adolescents at a higher risk of depression and increasing adolescents’ resilience to psychological distress is crucial to enhance their mental well-being. It is crucial to develop interventions that can enhance resilience and promote positive mental well-being among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • Chinese
  • depressive symptoms
  • resilience
  • self-esteem
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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