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Prevalence and correlate of problem behaviors among adolescents in Hong Kong
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
  • Ka Wai, Maggie LAU, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ming Yue KAN, Committee on Youth Smoking Prevention, Hong Kong
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Journal article
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Sage Publications, Inc.
  • smoking,
  • adolescent,
  • problem behaviors,
  • substance abuse,
  • disciplinary problem

The aims of this study were to examine the frequency and correlates of problem behaviors among Hong Kong adolescents. It is a cross-sectional survey targeting secondary forms 1 to 3 (equivalent to grades 7-9 in the United States) students (N = 1029). A self-administered questionnaire was used as the measurement tool. The study found that there are intercorrelations of problem behaviors in adolescence, such as tobacco use, alcohol use, drug abuse, and having connections with triad society. Given the intercorrelations among problem behaviors, identification of a single type of problem behavior in adolescents can help discover the likelihood of the occurrence of other problem behaviors. It can facilitate identification and intervention at an early stage. The results provide some insights for the concerned authorities to develop a syndrome approach addressing problem behaviors.

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Lau, M., & Kan, M.-y. (2010). Prevalence and correlate of problem behaviors among adolescents in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 22(3), 354-364. doi: 10.1177/1010539510361763