This book considers a burgeoning social phenomenon, compensated dating in Hong Kong, that facilitates direct commercial sex exchange between consenting females from their mid-teens through the late 20s and males from their early 20s to mid-adulthood. Informed by the transformation of intimacy, the breakdown of institutional constraints, the emergence of a new female sexual autonomy and the advancement of information technology, this book moves beyond stereotypes of sex work to look at the complexities of compensated dating. The phenomenon of compensated dating is distinctive from most other sex trades in that it involves intense emotional interactions and often extends beyond the commercial boundary. Given the dynamic, flexible and ambiguous nature of compensated dating, it has become more of a space for sexual explorations and less of a rigid model of commercial sex, at least in the eye of the participants. This book walks through how men become involved in compensated dating and also sheds lights on how gender relations are negotiated, with important implications on what it means to be a man and a woman in contemporary Hong Kong society. It also speaks to the broader transformations of some of the key social structures and elements, particularly gender and sexualities, in the era of late modernity. Cassini Sai Kwan Chu received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong. She has been involved in research related to commercial sex and her interests lie particularly in the study of gender, sexuality and sex work in modern times. She explores how the changes of the commercial sex industry, from clients and providers perspectives, reflect the transformation of intimacy and sexuality in late modernity.
This book reviews the theories regarding commonly occurring developmental issues among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong, the application of Positive Youth Development (PYD) to a large-scale primary prevention program and the impact of PYD on student well-being, indexed according to adolescent developmental issue. Using multiple strategies, it presents the overall constructs and frameworks supporting P.A.T.H.S. in response to the various psychosocial needs of Hong Kongs youth. Some of the issues covered include substance abuse, sexual behavior, internet addiction, bullying and cyber-bullying. The book argues for the effectiveness of the school-based program in promoting student well-being in modern Hong Kong society and will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, university instructors, researchers, social workers, pediatricians, youth workers, educators, administrators, psychologists, school principals and allied professionals looking to promote whole-person development in junior form students and especially those with an interest in education in China. Tak Yan Lee (MSW, PhD) is an Associate Professor and Assistant Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong. His teaching and research interests are in positive youth development, social work practice teaching and learning and group work. His research covers adolescent prostitution, positive youth development, parent-child communication, parental control and resilience of children and the elderly. He has provided consultancy to statutory bodies and social service agencies on civic awareness, youth development indices, moral values and behavior, socio-cultural beliefs, gambling behavior and compensated dating. He has published 330 pieces of work, including 50 refereed journal papers, 27 co-edited manual/books, 125 manual/book chapters, 10 professional journal papers, 32 manuals/papers on teaching in social work, 27 contract and consulting research reports, 45 conference papers/presentations, 12 occasional research reports and 2 book reviews. Daniel T.L. Shek (PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP) is Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences in the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has taught social work students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for roughly thirty years. He was Dean of Students (1996-1998) and Dean of General Education (2006-2008) of New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was elected to be the Best Lecturer teaching the major courses in the Department of Social Work in 1995-1996. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research on Quality of Life and he also serves in the editorial board of many international refereed journals including Social Indicators Research and Journal of Adolescent Health . Daniel T.L. Shek has to date published over 85 books, 154 book chapters and more than 500 articles in international refereed journals. Dr. Rachel C.F. Sun got her BSocSc and PhD at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. She is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is a Principal Investigator of school misbehavior research studies and Co-Principal Investigator of positive youth development programs and a service leadership program in Hong Kong. Her research areas include academic achievement motivation, school satisfaction, life satisfaction, positive youth development, problem behavior, school misbehavior, adolescent suicidal ideation and psychological health. She is a member of the editorial boards of Research on Social Work Practice and Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development.