The effect of employment on delinquent behavior among youth in hidden situation

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  • Gloria Hongyee Chan


Original languageEnglish
Article number229
Journal / PublicationFrontiers in Psychiatry
Online published23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019



This study examines the effect of employment on delinquent behavior among young people in “hidden situations”. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used, and 588 young people in these hidden situations were investigated. Results showed that some of them had employment; their employment status constituted a mediating effect on preventing them from being involved in delinquent behavior. Also, participants who had work explained the reasons for not being involved in delinquent behavior. These results reflect that whether young people in hidden situation involve in delinquent behavior depends on their employment rather than their hidden behavior itself. The implication is that practitioners should respect the youths’ self-preferred choice of employment and even advocate a revision of the definition of employment in Hong Kong.

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  • Delinquent behavior, Employment, Hidden, Social withdrawal, Youth

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