Researchers have found that life satisfaction and health levels of Hong Kong children are below the international average. The results should not be ignored in future child development policymaking.
The ranking of children against international benchmarks can be a useful reference for researchers. Recent studies here and abroad may need to be seen in the context of the coronavirus pandemic with its disruption of normal family and educational structures. An example may be the city’s participation for the first time in the World Health Organization Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, in which Chinese University researchers gathered data from more than 5,300 pupils aged 11, 13 and 15. They found that the life satisfaction and health levels of Hong Kong children are below the international average, and pointed to lack of exercise and difficulty in communicating with parents as key factors.
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