Narratives of compensated dating girls in Hong Kong using routine activity theory : results of a focus group study of guardians

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-382
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume62
Issue number2
Online published13 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Abstract

This article presents public discourses on compensated dating of adolescent girls in Chinese society. Data are obtained from eight focus groups comprising 50 guardians at private, parochial, and public levels (i.e., social workers, police officers, parents of students, and community representatives). Qualitative data are used to demonstrate how the guardians conceptualize and contextualize compensated
dating as an outcome of the dynamics of societal features. Social features such as contemporary ideologies, Internet technology advancement, commercialization of human relationships, and ambiguity between “right” and “wrong” motivate the service providers and customers of compensated dating, and accelerate their convergence and weakened levels of guardianship in society. This study is the first to connect the features of compensated dating of adolescent girls with recent societal changes using the routine activity approach. The findings confirm the application of the routine activity approach in the phenomenon of girls’ compensated dating, and also offer theoretical and practical implications.

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  • adolescent girls, compensated dating, Chinese, commercial sex, guardians

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Narratives of compensated dating girls in Hong Kong using routine activity theory : results of a focus group study of guardians. / Li, Jessica C. M.; Cheung, Chau-kiu; Jia, Cindy X. S. ; Yu, Yolanda M. Y.; Nguyen, Ping .

In: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 62, No. 2, 02.2018, p. 360-382.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review