The association between perceived social hardship and future orientation among Hong Kong young people: The mediation role of belief in a just world

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Abstract

A positive future orientation (FO) is associated with a range of positive outcomes. It is a crucial resilience factor that assists individuals to navigate developmental difficulties during the transition to young adulthood and during periods of social adversity. Exposure to negative social context threatens young people's FO. The social demonstrations and the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Hong Kong over the past year have caused considerable hardship to the local society. Under such circumstance, young people in Hong Kong may develop a negative FO. Scant research has directly examined the relationship between perceived social hardship and FO as well as the underlying mechanism among Hong Kong young people. In this study, we tested the idea that young people's perceived social hardship would be negatively related to FO via belief in a just world, a well-known foundation for individuals to think, feel, and plan their future. Participants were 554 students recruited from eight universities in Hong Kong. They filled in self-report questionnaires online. Results of structural equation modeling supported our hypothesis. These findings shed light on how to nurture Hong Kong young people to develop a positive mindset during periods of social hardship. Copyright © 2020 by the author.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4957
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Citation

Li, J.-B. (2020). The association between perceived social hardship and future orientation among Hong Kong young people: The mediation role of belief in a just world. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17144957

Keywords

  • Future expectation
  • Feelings towards the future
  • Future planning
  • Social hardship
  • Belief in a just world
  • Emerging adults

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