Journal Article

Assessing the Impact of Social Factors on the Mental Health of Chinese at Risk Adolescents in Hong Kong

Cindy Davis, Catherine Tang and Janet Ko

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 609-619
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.5.609
Assessing the Impact of Social Factors on the Mental Health of Chinese at Risk Adolescents in Hong Kong

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The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of family, peer and school factors on the mental health of Chinese male and female at risk adolescents and secondary school students in Hong Kong. Questionnaire surveys based on various standardized assessment scales were conducted with 398 (183 female and 215 male) Chinese at risk adolescents and 320 (160 female and 160 male) Chinese secondary school students between 12 and 18 years of age in Hong Kong. Compared to secondary school students, at risk adolescents had poorer relations with parents, more negative family and peer influence, a more negative school environment, and poorer social functioning. Findings also revealed that female participants had more somatic symptoms, anxiety, and depression compared to males. The importance of environmental factors on the mental health of Chinese adolescents supports previous research in Western countries. Implications for intervention and prevention were discussed from a cross‐cultural perspective.

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Subjects: Social Work

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