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Nurturing Pillars of SocietyUnderstanding and Working with the Young Generation in Hong Kong$
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Francis Wing-lin Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028801

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.001.0001

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Working with “Youth-at-Risk”: The Way Ahead

Working with “Youth-at-Risk”: The Way Ahead

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(p.99) 9 Working with “Youth-at-Risk”: The Way Ahead
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Nurturing Pillars of Society
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Francis Wing-lin Lee

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.003.0009

A multitude of services are utilized in efforts for assisting youth-at-risk to re-establish a pro-social lifestyle. While cooperation and multi-level interventions are needed since there are multiple causes for youth-at-risk problems, conventional approaches include working with youths-at-risk individually, their peers, their families, their schools, and their communities. The three perspectives traditionally employed in examining deviance and youth problems are the sociological perspective, the psychological perspective, and the physiological perspective. This chapter suggests that “user or client participation” may be the most effective way at working at the individual level since youths-at-risk feel encouraged to participate in the helping process when given the chance. Also, the chapter presents the criminalization process as a method for better understanding gradual engagement in crime and delinquency.

Keywords:   sociological perspective, psychological perspective, physiological perspective, user perspective, client participation, criminalization process

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