Title

Prevalence and correlate of problem behaviors among adolescents in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health

Publication Date

2010

Volume

22

Issue

3

First Page

354

Last Page

364

Publisher

Sage Publications, Inc.

Keywords

smoking, adolescent, problem behaviors, substance abuse, disciplinary problem

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1177/1010539510361763

Print ISSN

10105395

E-ISSN

19412479

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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