Introduction to the Psychological Well-Being of East Asian Youth: The Transition from Early Adolescence to Young Adulthood

  • Chin-Chun YiEmail author
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 2)


Over the last few decades, rapid social change in East Asia has led researchers to focus on familial, educational, and political transformations in the region. An important component of this social change that has received relatively less attention is the adaptation and unconventional life patterns of future generations. Scholars have shown that, compared with previous generations, the growth trajectory of the next generation in East Asia will occur in an entirely different context because of the dual effects of traditional versus modern values and the accompanying conservative versus liberal practices. However, the extant empirical research on this generation remains seriously inadequate. Therefore, this book provides an overall picture of the developmental trajectory of East Asian youth in the current social setting. Because most studies of youth in the West have focused primarily on subjects such as educational and occupational trajectories, parental and peer influences, deviant behaviors, leaving home, and mental health (Furstenberg 2004), this book will incorporate a variety of similar issues as well as subjects of particular importance for East Asian youth. The research time frame will begin with early adolescence (an average age of 13 years old) and move through young adulthood (to 22 years old). Extending the period of investigation from adolescence to young adulthood allows the application of the life course perspective to explain various developmental patterns among East Asian youth. Further, although most youth research focuses on educational achievement and psychological well-being as two distinct outcomes, this book argues that for a typical East Asian adolescent, mental health is closely linked to and intertwined with educational performance. Hence, I use individual psychological well-being defined broadly to represent the final outcome of the developmental process during this important transitional portion of the life course.


Young Adulthood Senior High School Growth Trajectory Filial Piety Migrant Child 
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I would like to give special thanks to research assistants Hsin-Yi Wang and Yu-Han Jao for their immense help in editing various manuscripts. Thanks also to TYP research assistants Yen-Wen Lin, Chia-Yu Hsieh, Kuei-Chun Yeh, and Kuo-Hsun Ma for their efficient and reliable help (always with cheerful smiles). I am indebted to TYP research team, especially Ying-Hwa Chang, Chyi-In Wu, Yu-Huey Jou, and other colleagues. It has indeed been a great honor and privilege to work with you all for the last 12 years, an invaluable experience which I shall always treasure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of SociologyAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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