Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

Correlates of identity statuses among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

This study investigates correlates of Hong Kong Chinese adolescents' identity statuses with (i) parental and school contexts and (ii) major psychosocial developmental outcomes. Data were collected from 1260 Secondary 2-4 (equivalent to Grades 8-10 in the US school system) students through a questionnaire survey. Results of hierarchical regression analysis indicated that parental attributes of acceptance, values and goals, and psychological control, and school contextual factor of task orientations predicted identity achievement, whereas parents' acceptance, psychological and firm control, and teacher's support predicted identity foreclosure. Regarding the impact on psychosocial development, another series of regression analyses revealed that (i) identity achievement predicted low depression, high self-esteem, and high self-efficacy; (ii) moratorium predicted low self-esteem; and (iii) foreclosure predicted high self-efficacy. Overall, the findings shed light on adolescent identity development in Hong Kong, facilitating discussions on identity-related issues. © 2011 by Walter de Gruyter - Berlin - New York.

Keywords

Hong Kong Chinese adolescents, Identity statuses, Parental and school contexts, Psychosocial developmental outcomes

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Volume

23

Issue

1

Publisher

De Gruyter

DOI

10.1515/ijamh.2011.009

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ijamh.2011.009

ISSN (print)

03340139

ISSN (electronic)

21910278

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