Department of Education Studies
Correlates of identity statuses among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong
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.
Hong Kong Chinese adolescents, Identity statuses, Parental and school contexts, Psychosocial developmental outcomes
Source Publication Title
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Lam, Rebecca S. Y., and Vicky C. W. Tam. "Correlates of identity statuses among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong." International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health 23.1 (2011).