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A snapshot of the psychosocial functioning of participants versus non-participants in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 among Hong Kong Chinese university students

[Speaker] Li, Wai Yin Annabel:1
[Co-author] Wang, Qian:1
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Among 304 Hong Kong Chinese university students (228 females; mean age=20.28 years, SD=1.26) examined in this research, 176 participated in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 (which involved protests demanding universal suffrage in chief executive elections in Hong Kong). Compared to non-participants, participants did not differ in life satisfaction, self-esteem, depression or anxiety (|ts|<1.76, ps>.08), while they placed less value on personal health, had a weaker belief that education can contribute to better employment, a stronger cynic view of the world (e.g., "Powerful people tend to exploit others."), a stronger sense of entitlement (e.g., "I shouldn't have to work as hard as others to get what I deserve."), a weaker tendency for identity foreclosure (e.g., "I prefer to follow and not really question the values I was brought up with."), a weaker sense of relatedness to parents, and weaker tendencies to agree with parental values or disclose to parents (|ts|>2.90, ps<.01).
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