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Civic Engagement as a Means to Promote Well-being of Emerging Adults: Findings from the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

[Speaker] Mak, Winnie W:1
[Co-author] Chan, Randolph C:1
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Civic engagement is beneficial to the psychological, behavioral, and social development of youth. It involves having a sense of civic commitment, developing a sense of competence and specific skills to be involved in civil society, feeling socially connected with the community, and participating in civic action. In light of the recent Umbrella Movement (UM) initiated by students and emerging adults in Hong Kong, the present study investigated the psychological and sociopolitical factors that may be related to youth's engagement in the movement and the effects of such engagement on their hedonic, eudaimonic, and social well-being over the course of a year. Findings showed that active and engaged citizenship along with sociopolitical control were associated with engagement in UM and well-being. Specifically, a positive lagged effect of civic engagement on well-being was found using cross-lagged analysis.
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