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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 383–393 | Cite as

Life Satisfaction and Self-Assessed Health Among Adolescents in Hong Kong

  • Y. K. KwanEmail author
Research Paper

Abstract

Self-assessed health in four items of the Health Related Quality of Life Scale, overall health, physical health, mental health, and activity limitation, and perceived life satisfaction in six domains of the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale, overall life, family life, friendships, school experience, myself, and where I live were examined among 4,502 Chinese adolescent secondary school students in Hong Kong. Relative to the US adolescents in Youth Risk Behavior Survey the Hong Kong adolescents had very low levels of self-assessed health and life satisfaction. Among the different domains, family and school life were associated with the lowest satisfaction level. There were strong male advantages in self-assessed health and migrant disadvantages in life satisfaction. Age was negatively related to both health and life satisfaction. Two-parent family was a positive factor for adolescents’ quality of life but economic well-being was not a relevant factor.

Keywords

Chinese adolescents Life satisfaction Self-rated health Odd ratio 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHunghomHong Kong

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