Prevalence and correlate of problem behaviors among adolescents in Hong Kong

Ka Wai, Maggie LAU, Ming Yue KAN

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The aims of this study were to examine the frequency and correlates of problem behaviors among Hong Kong adolescents. It is a cross-sectional survey targeting secondary forms 1 to 3 (equivalent to grades 7-9 in the United States) students (N = 1029). A self-administered questionnaire was used as the measurement tool. The study found that there are intercorrelations of problem behaviors in adolescence, such as tobacco use, alcohol use, drug abuse, and having connections with triad society. Given the intercorrelations among problem behaviors, identification of a single type of problem behavior in adolescents can help discover the likelihood of the occurrence of other problem behaviors. It can facilitate identification and intervention at an early stage. The results provide some insights for the concerned authorities to develop a syndrome approach addressing problem behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-364
Number of pages11
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescent
  • disciplinary problem
  • problem behaviors
  • smoking
  • substance abuse


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