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Title: Self-esteem, self-efficacy and deviant behaviour of young people in Hong Kong
Author(s): Lo, Tit Wing 
Author(s): Cheng, C. H. K.
Wong, D. S. W.
Rochelle, T. L.
Kwok, S. I.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Scientific Research
Journal: Advances in Applied Sociology 
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Start page: 48
End page: 55
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 correlated 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”, “verbally/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 delinquents’ deviant identity is essential; the identity-rebuilding process would strengthen their self-image and prevent them from going astray.
DOI: 10.4236/aasoci.2011.11004
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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