Socio-demographic and family correlates of hopelessness amongst adolescents in Shanghai, China

Xiao Y. Han, Tan Lei Shek

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Chinese secondary school students (n=3,022) responded to measures of adolescent hopelessness, perceived parental behavioral control, parental psychological control, and parent-child relational qualities. Results showed that roughly one-fifth of Chinese adolescents displayed signs of hopelessness. Adolescent hopelessness was positively related to age and boys displayed a lower level of hopelessness than did girls. Adolescent hopelessness was also related to parental education, marital status of the parents, and economic disadvantage. While parental behavioral control was negatively related to adolescent hopelessness, parental psychological control was positively associated with adolescent hopelessness. Adolescents who perceived parent-child relational qualities to be better showed a lower level of hopelessness. Parental psychological control and parental trust emerged to be two important predictors of adolescent hopelessness in Chinese adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescence and Behavior Issues in a Chinese Context
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781626186927
ISBN (Print)9781626186149
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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