Trajectories of Personal Well-Being Attributes Among High School Students in Hong Kong

Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Li LIN

*Corresponding author for this work

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How personal well-being of adolescents changes over the high school period is not entirely clear in the scientific literature. Using 15 positive youth development (PYD) attributes as indicators of well-being, the current study investigated the related developmental trajectories among a large sample of Hong Kong adolescents from Grade 7 to Grade 12. Individual growth curve modeling revealed that while variation existed across different PYD attributes, nine out of 15 positive youth development attributes declined in the early adolescence but showed a rebound or a slower rate of decline in the late adolescence. The current study serves as a pioneering attempt to chart the normative profiles of Chinese adolescents’ personal well-being over time. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-866
Number of pages26
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number4
Early online date27 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Project P.A.T.H.S. and this paper are financially supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, The Author(s).


  • Developmental trajectories
  • Hong Kong adolescents
  • Personal well-being
  • Positive youth development


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