Who Are ‘Young People’?

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Who Are ‘Young People’?

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Although age criterion is commonly used to define who young people are, a criterion that concerns mentality allows people who are outside the usual age bracket to be considered as young people, provided that they also think as young people. Another criterion to be considered is a person's energy levels since those who have energy and physical stamina and strength may also be considered young. The period of youth—adolescence—is often seen as a period of transition from childhood to adulthood. In order to know how to deal with various future events, young people utilize this period for testing out different behaviors. Adolescence has been prolonged because of the years added to the formal education system. This chapter emphasizes the need to adopt an integrated perspective that incorporates the psychoanalytical, physiological, socio-psychological, and other such aspects in examining young people.

Keywords: young people; age; mentality; energy level; adolescence; integrated perspective

Chapter.  2429 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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