Chinese Adolescent Development: Economic Disadvantages, Parents and Intrapersonal Development

Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD (Editor)
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC
Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC
Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, PRC
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Rachel C.F. Sun, PhD (Editor)
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: MED069000

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This book is based upon a special issue published in the International Journal on Disability and Human Development and permission has been obtained from the publisher De Gruyter in Berlin to publish this modified version of the papers in this book. There are several areas of research that should be conducted with reference to Chinese adolescents experiencing economic disadvantage. First, there is a need to understand how factors in different ecological systems influence the psychological well-being of poor adolescents.

Second, as family social capital is an important resource within families experiencing economic disadvantage, studies on how different family processes affect adolescent development should be carried out. In particular, as parental sacrifice and motivation to study are strongly emphasized in the Chinese culture, related studies with reference to these issues should be examined. Third, as far as adolescent developmental outcomes are concerned, it is argued that besides measures of morbidity and symptoms, adolescent developmental assets and strengths should be studied. Fourth, as studies on parental differences on family processes are almost non-existent in the context of poverty, it is important to study this issue in adolescents experiencing economic disadvantage. In response to these research gaps, they were examined in the papers in this special issue.

In this book, several papers reporting evaluation findings for the second piloting exercise are included. Because there are few validated positive youth development programs in the Chinese context, it is our modest wish that the accumulated evidence can give us some insights about the usefulness of having positive youth development subjects designed for university students. (Imprint: Nova)

INTRODUCTION

Neglected Research on Chinese Adolescent Development
(Daniel T.L. Shek, Rachel Sun and Joav Merrick)

ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE AND HONG KONG

Chapter 1. Are Family Processes Related to Achievement Motivation of Chinese Adolescents Experiencing Economic Disadvantage in Hong Kong?
(Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 2. Parenting for Resilience: Family Processes and Psychosocial Competence of Chinese Adolescents Experiencing Economic Disadvantage in Hong Kong
(Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek,Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 3. Parental Beliefs and Parenting Characteristics of Chinese Parents Experiencing Economic Disadvantage in Hong Kong
(Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek,Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 4. Parental Beliefs and Family Functioning in Chinese Families Experiencing Economic Disadvantage in Hong Kong
(Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 5. Parent-adolescent Discrepancies in Perceived Family Functioning and Developmental Outcomes in Chinese Adolescents Experiencing Economic Disadvantage
(Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek,Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 6. Assessment of Non-conflict Related Marital Quality from the Perspective of Chinese Adolescents
(Hung-Kit Fok and Daniel TL Shek, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China, and others)

INTRAPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Chapter 7. Second Piloting of a Leadership and Intrapersonal Development Subject at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(Daniel TL Shek, Rachel CF Sun, Walter WH Yuen, Yat H Chui, Allen Dorcas, Cecilia MS Ma , Lu Yu, Yammy LY Chak, Moon YM Law, Yida YH Chung and Pik Fong Tsui, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R.C.)

Chapter 8. Post-lecture Evaluation of a University Course on Leadership and Intrapersonal Development
(Daniel TL Shek and Rachel CF Sun, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and others)

Chapter 9. Post-course Subjective Outcome Evaluation of a Course Promoting Leadership and Intrapersonal Development in University Students in Hong Kong
(Daniel TL Shek and Rachel CF Sun, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China, and others)

Chapter 10. Process Evaluation of a Leadership and Intrapersonal Development Subject for University Students
(Daniel TL Shek and Rachel CF Sun, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China, and others)

Chapter 11. Reflections of Chinese Students on a University Subject on Leadership and Intrapersonal Development
(Daniel TL Shek, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R.C., and others)

Chapter 12. Objective Outcome Evaluation of a Leadership and Intrapersonal Development Subject for University Students
(Daniel TL Shek, Rachel CF Sun, Teresa BK Tsien-Wong, Chung Tai Cheng and Hai Rong Yan, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China, and others)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chapter 13. About the Editors

Chapter 14. About the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Chapter 15. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 16. About the Book Series “Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health”

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