Enhancing life skills development: Chinese adolescents' perceptions

Mantak Yuen*, Raymond M C CHAN, Norman C. Gysbers, Patrick S.Y. Lau, Queenie Lee, Peter M.K. Shea, Ricci W. Fong, Y. B. Chung

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This study explored Chinese adolescents' perceptions of their own life skills development and the importance they place on such skills. The study also investigated the within-school and outsideschool influences that may help develop and enhance life skills development. Six focus groups involving 52 high school students were conducted, using a set of predetermined discussion topics. Results revealed students' awareness of many salient life skills, including those related directly to academic development, 'learning to learn', personal and social growth, and future career planning. The students were also able to suggest practical strategies that schools might use to further enhance students' life skills development. Contextual factors influencing the development of life skills appear to include not only experiences within the school curriculum and the guidance and counseling program, but also talent development opportunities, and family and peer relationships. The implications of the findings are discussed with particular reference to implementing comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-310
Number of pages16
JournalPastoral Care in Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Chinese
  • Comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs
  • Life skills


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