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Volume 11, Pages 353-361
Research Article

Do Adolescent Developmental Issues Disappear Overnight? Reflections about Holistic Development in University Students

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
2Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, China
4Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
5Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, UK

Received 27 October 2010; Revised 14 November 2010; Accepted 16 November 2011

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2011 Daniel T. L. Shek and Keri K. Wong.


Adolescent developmental issues, such as mental health problems, substance abuse, and egocentric behavior, of university students are examined. This conceptual review generally shows that although there are related issues among university students deserving greater attention, there is a general lack of systematic prevention or positive youth development programs adopting the principle of universal prevention. In contrast to the abundance of universal adolescent prevention and positive youth development programs specifically designed for high school students, similar programs are grossly lacking in the university educational context. This paper highlights the factors contributing to such negligence in university education and the possible strategies that can be adopted to help university students develop in a holistic manner.