Integrating resilience and positive youth development for the promotion of positive health behaviours among ethnic minorities: a conceptual framework

Gizem Arat, Paul W.C. Wong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Hong Kong, a traditionally ethnically homogeneous society, seems to fail encouraging positive development of ethnic minority young people. Studying resilient ethnic minority, young adults may provide insights into developing programmes and policies to encourage positive health behaviours. A pilot qualitative study of individual interviews with South Asian young minority adults was conducted to develop a conceptual framework by incorporating resilience and positive youth development. Based on the findings of this study, resilience and positive youth development contribute to young ethnic minorities’ positive health behaviours. This study may benefit culturally tailored research implications for young ethnic minorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-263
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


Bibliographical note

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. The writing of this manuscript was partially supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.


  • Ethnic minority
  • Hong Kong
  • positive youth development
  • resilience

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