Characteristics of longer-term versus transitional NEETs in Hong Kong: implications for career support services

Xuebing Su, Victor Wong*, Siu Ming To

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Abstract

The sociodemographic and career-related characteristics of two types of youth who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in Hong Kong were examined and compared: longer-term (≥5 months, n = 787) and transitional (<5 months, n = 3,939). After controlling for sociodemographic variables, multivariate logistic regression analyses showed that longer-term NEETs are more likely to be associated with risk factors such as taking a carer role, seclusion at home, involvement in deviant activities, having addiction or health problems; whereas higher educational attainment, identification of career interest and plans for future work/study/ training, and higher career adaptability appeared to be protective factors for NEETs and identifiers of transitional NEETs. Implications are drawn for research and career support services for NEETs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Feb 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • career adaptability
  • career engagement
  • NEETs
  • protective factors
  • risk factors

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