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Title: Life satisfaction, positive youth development, and problem behaviour among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong
Authors: Sun, Rachel C. F.
Shek, Daniel T. L.
Subjects: Adolescents
Positive youth development
Life satisfaction
Problem behaviour
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Springer
Source: Social indicators research, Feb. 2010, v. 95, no. 3, p. 455-474.
Abstract: 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.
Rights: © The Author(s) 2009
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1007/s11205-009-9531-9
ISSN: 0303-8300 (print)
1573-0921 (online)
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