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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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Who Are ‘Young People’?

Who Are ‘Young People’?

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Who Are ‘Young People’?
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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/9789888028801.003.0001

Although age criterion is commonly used to define who young people are, a criterion that concerns mentality allows people who are outside the usual age bracket to be considered as young people, provided that they also think as young people. Another criterion to be considered is a person's energy levels since those who have energy and physical stamina and strength may also be considered young. The period of youth—adolescence—is often seen as a period of transition from childhood to adulthood. In order to know how to deal with various future events, young people utilize this period for testing out different behaviors. Adolescence has been prolonged because of the years added to the formal education system. This chapter emphasizes the need to adopt an integrated perspective that incorporates the psychoanalytical, physiological, socio-psychological, and other such aspects in examining young people.

Keywords:   young people, age, mentality, energy level, adolescence, integrated perspective

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