Coping with economic disadvantage. A qualitative study of Chinese adolescents from low-income families
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AbstractUsing a qualitative approach, this paper examines how Chinese adolescents from low-income families cope with economic disadvantage. Thirty-five in-depth one-to-one interviews with twelve adolescents from economically disadvantaged families were conducted. The findings of the study revealed that, although the participants were growing up poor, they do not have a strong sense of poverty, or have a negative perception on poverty. Some of them even attached a positive meaning to their experience of poverty. The accounts of the adolescents revealed that there were personal (low sense of poverty), familial (support from parents and siblings), cultural (cultural interpretation on poverty) and contextual (unclear poor neighborhood boundary, weak poverty subculture) protective factors that promoted adolescent developmental resilience. The study results highlighted the distinct Chinese pattern of socialization and the impacts of Chinese cultural beliefs on poor families. The findings also illustrate the prominent role of family in helping adolescents cope with economic disadvantage.
All Author(s) ListLam C.M., Lam M.C., Shek D.T.L., Tang V.M.Y.
Journal nameInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume Number16
Issue Number4
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Place of PublicationGermany
Pages343 - 357
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAdversity, Chinese adolescents, Chinese cultural beliefs, Families with economic disadvantage, Hong Kong, Resilience

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