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Title: Differences between Chinese adolescent immigrants and adolescent non-immigrants in Hong Kong : perceived psychosocial attributes, school environment and characteristics of Hong Kong adolescents
Authors: Jiang, H
Shek, DTL 
Law, MYM
Issue Date: Apr-2021
Source: International journal of environmental research and public health, 1 Apr. 2021, v. 18, no. 7, 3739
Abstract: Although the impact of immigration on adolescent developmental outcomes has received extensive scholarly attention, the impact of internal migration, particularly in the Chinese context, on adolescents’ psychosocial development has not been scientifically investigated. This study ex-amined whether mainland Chinese adolescent immigrants (N = 590) and adolescent non-immi-grants (n = 1798) differed on: (a) psychosocial attributes indexed by character traits, well-being, social behavior, and views on child development, (b) perceived school environment, and (c) perceptions of characteristics of Hong Kong adolescents. Consistent with the healthy migration hypothe-sis, Hong Kong adolescents and mainland Chinese adolescent immigrants did not differ on most of the outcomes; Chinese adolescent immigrants showed higher perceived moral character, empathy, and social trust than did Hong Kong adolescent non-immigrants. Chinese adolescent immigrants also showed more favorable perceptions of the school environment and moral character, social trust and social responsibility of adolescents in Hong Kong. This pioneer Chinese study provides support for the healthy immigration hypothesis (immigration paradox hypothesis) but not the immigration morbidity hypothesis within the specific sociocultural context of Hong Kong in China.
Keywords: Adolescent immigrants
Adolescent non-immigrants
Hong Kong adolescents
Perceived school environment
Psychosocial attributes
Social perception
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health 
ISSN: 1661-7827
EISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073739
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
The following publication Jiang, H., Shek, D. T. L., & Law, M. Y. M. (2021). Differences between Chinese adolescent immigrants and adolescent non-immigrants in Hong Kong: Perceived psychosocial attributes, school environment and characteristics of Hong Kong adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 3739 is available at https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073739
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