Human Developmental Research: Experience from Research in Hong Kong

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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

Cecilia M.S. Ma, PhD (Editor)
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong, China

Lu Yu (Editor)
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 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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Human development research commonly addresses the “what”, “when”, “how”, “why”, “who”, and “where” of human development. For example, with reference to the development of resilience in adolescence, researchers often ask what are the components of resilience (“what”), their development at different time points (“when”), and the related trajectories (“how”). Researchers also attempt to understand factors influencing resilience (“why”) in different adolescents (“who”) in different cultures (“where”). In many adolescent research studies, researchers are interested in asking questions about “relationships” among developmental events and concepts, such as the relationship between the family environment and resilience.

Besides, research questions regarding “differences” are raised by researchers, such as differences between early adolescents and late adolescents on resilience, and differences in resilience in Chinese and African adolescents. Against this background we present in this book several chapters on the statistical analyses in human development research using real-life datasets based on the positive youth development project (P.A.T.H.S.) in Hong Kong in a pioneer attempt using different Chinese contexts with the wish that we can facilitate Chinese researchers to understand human development research and understand more about statistical analyses. (Imprint: Nova)

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