Efficacy of Low-Intensity Cognitive Behavior Intervention for Chinese Delinquent Youth

Xiao Yu ZHAUNG*, Yin Yim LAU, Yu-Te HUANG, Cherry Hau Lin TAM, Wilson Man Ho CHAN, Kenneth Kin Wa YEUNG, Ting Kin NG, Daniel Fu Keung WONG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent literature has pointed out the seriously unmet treatment needs of delinquent youth with mental health problems in Hong Kong. This study pioneers to systematically develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a structured low-intensity cognitive behavioral intervention (LICBI) to concurrently address mental health issues and delinquent behaviors among Hong Kong Chinese youth.

A quasi-experimental controlled design was adopted with three assessments at baseline, postintervention, and 6-week follow-up. One hundred and eighty participants were recruited to the LICBI and 123 to the control group.

Multilevel modeling analyses showed that the LICBI might be effective in improving mental health–related factors (impulsivity, self-esteem, negative emotions, and loneliness) and delinquent behaviors. A mediation analysis suggested that LICBI might reduce participants’ delinquent behaviors through reducing their impulsivity and enhancing their self-esteem.

The results provide preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of LICBI for Chinese delinquent youth in a community social service setting.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104973152110138
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2021

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study was funded by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

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  • low-intensity intervention
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • youth delinquency
  • Chinese adolescents
  • psychological attributes


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