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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 “Youth-at-Risk”?

Who Are “Youth-at-Risk”?

(p.68) (p.69) 6 Who Are “Youth-at-Risk”?
Nurturing Pillars of Society

Francis Wing-lin Lee

Hong Kong University Press

The phrase “youth-at-risk” refer to those who are affiliated with street gangs; those who are drop outs or may drop out from school; and those who abuse substances, are engaged in casual sex, and show antisocial behavior. The risk here is defined through behavior that is generally socially unacceptable. Youth-at-risk are often naturally found in certain contexts—among peers, schoolmates, and neighbors. These groups are not consciously formed, and these exist even before youth worker's intervention is pursued. The youth gangs of Hong Kong are usually associated with triad societies. Luk has identified four classifications of indigenous youths at risk or youth gangs: in schools, on public estates, in commercial complexes, and at leisure playgrounds and playing fields. This chapter provides a more detailed discussion about the different aspects of youth at risk.

Keywords:   youth-at-risk, antisocial behavior, youth gangs, youth worker intervention, socially unacceptable behavior

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