PolyU studies reveal hidden problems in youth development and academic adjustment

Professor Daniel Shek, Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) and Chair Professor at APSS and Dr Li Lin, Research Assistant Professor at APSS shared the findings of two pioneer longitudinal studies on secondary school students at a press conference on 7 July 2017. The studies, funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, are under the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes). They were conducted by a group of researchers led by Professor Daniel Shek, with a total sample size of over 11,000 secondary 1 to 6 students. The findings reveal that there are some hidden problems in the well-being development and academic adjustment of Hong Kong adolescents. The implementation of New Senior Secondary Curriculum of “3+3” structure has posed challenges to the adolescents. More than 10% of the respondents reported suicidal thoughts. The research team thus suggests psychological well-being education and positive youth development programmes should be strengthened.

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