Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/62019
Title: Delinquent behavior in high school students in Hong Kong : sociodemographic, personal, and family determinants
Authors: Shek, DT 
Lin, L 
Keywords: Delinquent behavior
Developmental trajectory
Family functioning
Positive youth development
Sociodemographic factors
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, 2016, v. 29, no. 1, p. S61-S71 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology 
Abstract: STUDY OBJECTIVE: On the basis of longitudinal data collected over 6 years, the changes in delinquent behavior and the related sociodemographic, personal, and family determinants were examined in this study.
DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, INTERVENTIONS, AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: A 6-year longitudinal research design was used. Students responded to a questionnaire containing sociodemographic questions and validated measures of positive youth development, family functioning, and delinquent behavior.
RESULTS: There was an increasing trend of delinquent behavior with the growth rate slowing down over the high school years. Male adolescents reported higher levels of delinquent behavior and showed a greater increase of delinquent behavior relative to female adolescents. Although positive youth development and family functioning were negatively associated with the initial level of delinquent behavior, they were positively associated with the growth rate of delinquent behavior over time.
CONCLUSION: Delinquent behavior could be described by a quadratic growth curve during high school years. Gender, positive youth development, and family functioning influence the level and developmental trajectory of delinquent behavior in adolescence.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/62019
ISSN: 1083-3188
EISSN: 1873-4332
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.10.009
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