Soft Skills and Aspirations in Chinese Children and Youth

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Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: MED069000

Young people are expected to learn “academic” or “technical” knowledge in a manufacturing economy, which can be referred to as “hard skills” (for example, to produce a car through assembly lines). In many countries today, countries have been shifting from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, which has resulted in young people expecting to gain skills that are non-technical and widely transferable to different settings. This skills are referred to as “soft skills”, which are basically related to the qualities of an individual. In this book, the authors include several chapters on soft skills development in adolescents with particular reference to Chinese culture.

This book includes conclusions based on the data collected from the third year of the community-based P.A.T.H.S. Project in Hong Kong. It also discusses dreams, aspirations, hopes and related constructs in Chinese adolescents. Additionally, the authors also present chapters on the relationships between pornography consumption and positive youth development qualities; and the last few chapters document attempts to promote soft skills in university students. With the emergence and consolidation of a service or knowledge-based economy, the desired qualities in adolescents have changed. Obviously, soft skills development plays an important role in the employability of young people. It is also vital to the complete development of young people as individuals in the present and future.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Development of “Soft Skills” in Adolescents
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Janet T. Y. Leung, PhD and Joav Merrick, MD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 2. Perceived Effectiveness and Satisfaction of a Community-Based Positive Youth Development Program
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Janet T. Y. Leung, PhD and Kies S. Y. Chan, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 3. Evaluation of a Community-Based Positive Youth Development Program in Hong Kong
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, and Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 4. Evaluation of a Community-Based Positive Youth Development Program for Adolescents with Greater Psychosocial Needs
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Cecilia Ma, PhD and Zoe Zhao, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 5. Subjective Outcome Evaluation of the Community-Based P.A.T.H.S Project
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Janet T. Y. Leung, PhD and Jing Wu, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 6. Dreams and Aspirations for Life
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Florence K. Y. Wu, EdD, and Hildie Leung, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 7. Hope, Aspirations and Resilience in Children and Adolescents
(Hildie Leung, PhD, Florence K. Y. Wu, EdD and Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 8. Developmental Impact of Dreams, Aspirations and Related Behavior in Children and Adolescents
(Florence K. Y. Wu, EdD, Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, and Hildie Leung, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 9. Psychological Needs, Self-Regulation, Motivation and Hong Kong Chinese University Students
(Cecilia MS Ma, PhD, Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD and Catie C. W. Lai, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 10. Exposure to Online Pornography among Hong Kong Chinese Adolescents
(Cecilia, PhD, Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, and Catie C. W. Lai, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 11. Protective Factors of Intentional and Unintentional Consumption of Online Pornography in Hong Kong
(Cecilia M. S. Ma, PhD, Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, and Catie C. W. Lai, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 12. Qualitative Evaluation of a Service Leadership Subject in a Chinese Context
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Jing Wu, PhD, Li Lin, PhD and Emma X. P. Pu, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 13. Chinese Students in Hong Kong and Their View on General Education
(Daniel T. L. Shek, PhD, Florence K. Y. Wu, EdD and Wen Yu Chai, PhD, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, and others)

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