A brief overview of adolescent developmental problems in Hong Kong

Daniel T.L. Shek*, Hing Keung Ma, Rachel C.F. Sun

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Several adolescent developmental problems in Hong Kong are briefly reviewed in this paper. First, rising adolescent substance abuse trends are described. Second, Internet use problems and Internet addiction among young people are examined. Third, worrying trends in adolescent sexuality are identified. Fourth, phenomena on bullying among young people are reviewed. Finally, phenomena related to adolescent materialistic orientation are focused upon. With reference to these adolescent developmental problems, possible solutions are briefly discussed particularly with reference to the ecological perspective. It is argued that the related scientific literature provides useful pointers for designing the curriculum in the extension phase of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Youth Development
Subtitle of host publicationA New School Curriculum to Tackle Adolescent Developmental Issues
EditorsHing Keung Ma, Daniel T. L. Shek, Joav Merrick
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781620813850
ISBN (Print)9781620813843
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Publication series

NamePediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese adolescents
  • Developmental problems
  • Positive youth development
  • Prevention


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