The dualistic nature of family and its impact on the psychological well-being of the adolescents of Chinese origin in Hong Kong : a qualitative research

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The dualistic nature of family and its impact on the psychological well-being of the adolescents of Chinese origin in Hong Kong : a qualitative research

 

Author: Chow, Miu-ling
Title: The dualistic nature of family and its impact on the psychological well-being of the adolescents of Chinese origin in Hong Kong : a qualitative research
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Teenagers -- China -- Hong Kong -- Mental health
Teenagers -- China -- Hong Kong -- Family relationships
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: vii, 216 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1772709
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5226
Abstract: This study adopted a qualitative phenomenology design in exploring the dualistic nature of family and its impacts on the psychological well-being of Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Comparisons were made between the group of adolescents with deliberate self-harm behaviours and the group of adolescents without self-harm behaviour, a purposeful sample of five from each group was recruited and totally ten subjects were interviewed. The meaning and perceptions that constitute psychological well-being of adolescents was explored. The frequently cited items included the domain of affective, moral, behavior and social in which reflected that adolescents' conceptions on psychological well-being are multidimensional and culturally defined. The study results also captured the dualistic nature of family and added to health care profession knowledge that family should be understood in two sides of the same coin. Chinese family though could perform its culturally embedded supportive functions; it in other ways could be origin of stress on the members. Besides, the dualistic nature family has both positive and negative impact on psychological well-being on adolescents. The significance of role satisfaction of family members in contributing to a well-functioned family and the flexibility of adolescents in handling family conflicts are discussed. In addition, the cultural characteristics of parent-adolescents communication and conflicts are explored. The finding of this study will enhance the knowledge and practice of health care professionals to render a family-centered and culturally competent intervention to response to the needs of adolescents and their families to avoid negative coping, and escalation of the problems.

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