The Psychological Well-being of East Asian Youth



 The Psychological Well-being of East Asian Youth

  Quality of Life in Asia
  © 2013
  The Psychological Well-being of
  East Asian Youth

                Yi, Chin-Chun (Ed.)

This book offers comprehensive information on the diverse growth trajectory of East Asian Youth in a rapidly changing context





        根據2000至 2009年進行的追蹤研究之數據,本書主要聚焦在兩個方面:一方面是探討個人的成長模式如何受到家庭、學校與社區的交互影響;另一方面則強調了東亞地區盛行的社會規範和價值在個人成長歷程中所造成的潛在限制和/或具備的優勢。具體而言,本書將以不同的章節描述和分析擁有不同社會資本(例如家庭社會經濟地位、學業成就以及城鄉居住環境等)之青少年的人生機遇和成長模式。研究之短期與長期的結果將通過若干描述心理幸福健康狀態的變量(例如憂鬱症狀、偏差或問題行爲、幸福感、學業表現)呈現出來,從中我們可以勾畫出東亞青少年在成長過程中所面臨之獨特的結構性社會環境。基於科學證據,我們還可以對家庭互動、教育策略及公共健康政策提出有效的建議。




About this book :

The rapid social change in the East Asia has brought great research attention on the family, education and political impacts. The growth trajectory of the next generation is exposed to an entirely different context owing to the dual effects of traditional and modern values as well as practices. This book provides an overall picture of the developmental trajectory of Taiwanese youth as a typical example in the region. The time frame is set from early adolescence (13years old) to young adulthood (22yeard old). Individual psychological well-being in its broad definition will be used as the outcome indicator to reflect significant developmental processes during this important transitional life course.

Benefitted from the rare panel datasets conducted from 2000-2009, this book has two major focuses: one is to explore the interplay among family, school and community with regard to their influence on the individual growth patterns; the other is to highlight the potential constraint and/or strength of the prevailing social norms and values shared among East Asian societies. To be specific, different chapters will describe and analyze the life chances and growth patterns among youth with different social capitals (including family SES, educational achievement, rural-urban residence, etc.). Their short-term versus long-term outcome, as indicated by various psychological well-being variables (e.g., depressive symptoms, deviant or problem behaviors, happiness, edutional performance), will allow us to delineate the particular structural context that individual East Asian youth encounters and to offer constructive suggestions on family interaction, educational strategy as well as health related policies based on the scientific evidence.

This book incorporates comparative reports from other East Asian societies, and from youth panel studies of Australia and the U.S.. The experience of their counter-part in the advanced societies will contribute to readers’ understanding of the particular social situation that East Asian youth is embedded in the growth process. In addition, comparative perspective will enable the reader to contemplate on the potential future development of the affluent generation in the region.

Since changing social structure occurred in the last few decades in the East Asia has suffered inadequate investigation in the realm of family, education and community, this book provides timely information to fill up the gap. Analyses of the valuable dataset from early adolescents to young adults will attract those who are interested in family researches, in youth studies, in panel data analyses, as well as in the social development in Taiwan and in East Asia.





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