Author: Woo, Timothy
Title: Family resilience and adolescent depressive symptoms in Hong Kong private school students
Degree: DSW
Year: 2018
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Depression in adolescence -- China -- Hong Kong
Adolescent psychology -- China -- Hong Kong
Families -- China -- Hong Kong
Resilience (Personality trait)
Department: Department of Applied Social Sciences
Pages: 238 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: There is an increasing number of students in private school settings in Hong Kong who are usually from high socioeconomic status. However, little research has focused on the mental health of this specific population. Utilizing a quantitative led mixed methodology framework, the present study estimated the prevalence rate of depressive symptoms in this group of adolescents and its psychosocial correlates, particularly family resilience. A total of 224 students (male = 48%; age = 12.9 ± 1.5 years) who are currently studying in private schools in Hong Kong participated in this survey study. Students were asked to fill out the Family Resilience Assessment Scale (FRAS), the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and a demographics survey. A focus group of Hong Kong professionals was then facilitated thereafter to discuss the findings. Findings showed that 55% of the participants can be classified as having depressive symptoms. Regression analyses showed that psychosocial and demographic predictors to adolescent depressive symptoms included age, perceived caregiver conflict, and perceived academic achievement, and higher levels of family resilience. Within the framework of family resilience, subfactors of utilizing social and economic resources, family communication and problem solving, and the ability to make meaning of adversity, were associated significantly as predictors to adolescent depressive symptoms. The findings suggest the importance of family resilience in promoting mental health among adolescents in Private schools.

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