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Research Article

Parent Engagement in Youth Drug Prevention in Chinese Families: Advancement in Program Development and Evaluation

Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 12 October 2010; Revised 15 February 2011; Accepted 16 August 2011

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2011 Sandra K. M. Tsang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The escalating youth drug abuse problem in Hong Kong has attracted intense attention from the government, schools, and youth service professionals. Most preventive efforts have focused directly on positive youth development, very often through school programs delivered to secondary school students. There have been limited efforts to engage parents even though it is obvious that the family is actually the primary context of children and youth development. This paper will assert the importance of parental engagement in youth drug-prevention work, discuss some barriers in such parental involvement, present some promising local attempts and their strengths and limitations, and propose that sustained efforts are needed to build up theory-driven and evidence-based resources for Chinese communities on the subject.