A study on Hong Kong youth values

Wing On LEE

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There seems to be a common view that the youth of today do not live up to the expectations of the older generation. It is assumed, for example, that youth are less responsible, less concerned about public interests and social services, and have an insufficient knowledge about social and political affairs. It is further believed that youth are more materialistic and hedonistic, self-oriented, short-sighted, and have a liberal attitude towards marriage and sex. With all these assumptions, the author will attempt an analysis on values by studying various youth reports published in the 1990s. Surprisingly, data and analyses from these reports do not support the common negative perceptions on youth. In contrast, many positive values can be found in relation to their attitudes towards family, work, education and friendship. This paper, therefore, argues for the need to develop a different attitude towards Hong Kong’s youth.
社會人士一般認為青少年人未能達致成年社會對他們的期望。例如,香港現今的青少年愈來愈缺乏責任感,不關心社會,而且對社會、政治和公共事務都缺乏認識。另一方面,現今的青少年偏向物質主義、享樂主義、自我主義、短視,以及對性與婚姻的態度愈趨開放。本文作者嘗試研究九十年代香港有關青少年價值觀的調查報告,希望深入地了解他們的問題以及背後的價值觀。分析過有關的研究報告,本文作者發現這些報告並不支持上述的看法。相反,從分析顯示,香港的青少年對家庭、工作、教育和朋友都抱持正面和積極的態度。本文的目的就是嘗試將香港青少年的種種正面價值觀作出剖析和報導。 Copyright © 2001 Youth Research Centre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-148
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


Lee, W. O. (2001). A study on Hong Kong youth values. Journal of Youth Studies, 4(2), 139-148.


  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)
  • Alt. title: 香港青少年價值觀初探


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