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Title: Delinquency and problem behavior intention among early adolescents in Hong Kong : profiles and psychosocial correlates
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Ma, CMS 
Tang, CYP
Keywords: Behavioral intention to engage in problem behavior
Chinese adolescents
Risk behavior
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Source: International journal on disability and human development, May 2012, v. 11, no. 2, p. 151-158 How to cite?
Journal: International journal on disability and human development 
Abstract: Delinquency and problem behavior intention were examined in 3328 secondary one students in Hong Kong. Over 60% of the respondents had cheated and spoken foul language over the past year, but majority had never engaged in other problem behaviors, such as sexual intercourse, staying outside their home overnight, gang fighting, and truancy. A significant proportion of the respondents would attempt to engage in delinquent behaviors in the coming 2 years, including drinking alcohol and gambling. Males reported higher levels of delinquency and problem behavior intention than did females. Higher family functioning, academic competence, pro social attributes, and general positive youth development predicted a lower likelihood of delinquency and problem behavior intention. These results shed light on the importance of early intervention work at individual, school, and family levels.
ISSN: 2191-1231
EISSN: 2191-0367
DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0017
Rights: © 2012 by Walter de Gruyter • Berlin • Boston. The final publication is available at, the open URL of the article:
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