Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Deviant Behaviour of Young People in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48 - 55
Journal / PublicationAdvances in Applied Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011



This study was designed to explore the psychological and social correlates of deviant behaviour in a sample of Hong Kong school students. Findings revealed that their deviant behaviour was significantly and positively cor-related with rebelliousness and susceptibility to negative peer influence. While weak direct relationships were found between self-efficacy, self-esteem and deviant behaviour in general, we found "bullying/vandalism", "ver-bally/physically attacking parents", "lack of motivation to study", and "verbally/physically attacking teachers" had significant effects with "self-esteem and/or self-efficacy". The present study concludes that changing the de-linquents’ deviant identity is essential; the identity-rebuilding process would strengthen their self-image and prevent them from going astray.

Research Area(s)

  • Delinquency, Deviant Behaviour, Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy, Hong Kong

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