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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Feb;29(1 Suppl):S31-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.10.006. Epub 2015 Oct 13.

A Longitudinal Study of Compensated Dating and Juvenile Prostitution Behaviors Among Adolescents in Hong Kong.

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1
Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China. Electronic address: sstakyan@cityu.edu.hk.
2
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China; Centre for Innovative Programs for Adolescents and Families, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China; School of Social Development, East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R. China; Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, P.R. China; Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children's Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky.
3
Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine longitudinal changes in compensated dating (CD) and juvenile prostitution (JP) behaviors and related psychosocial correlates among Hong Kong adolescents.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:

In this study, adolescent CD and JP behaviors were examined in 3 waves (namely wave 2, 3, and 4) of a longitudinal study. At wave 2 (2010-2011), 3638 secondary 2 students (grade 8) from 28 schools participated in the study (mean age, 13.60 years; SD = 0.72). In the following 2 academic years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013), they were invited to respond to the same questionnaire. A total of 2921 students completed the questionnaire in 3 waves and their results were analyzed.

RESULTS:

The number of CD cases was higher than JP cases. Although there was a decline in CD cases at wave 4, the number of JP cases increased at wave 4. Although there was some support for the influence of family intactness and positive youth development on CD and JP, the evidence was not strong. The effects of gender, economic disadvantage, and family functioning on CD and JP were not significant.

CONCLUSION:

There was a decrease in CD but an increase in JP in the 3 waves of data. However, there was a fluctuation of CD over the years which made it difficult to identify a stable pattern. Some possible explanations for such a fluctuation and the related nonsignificant findings are proposed.

KEYWORDS:

Chinese adolescents; Compensated dating; Juvenile prostitution; Positive youth development

PMID:
26461528
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpag.2015.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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