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Family, Child, Youth, and Ageing Studies


Research Assistant Professor


MEd (East China Normal University)

BS(Sun Yat-sen University)



2766 7740


Positive youth development
Parent-child relationship
Service Leadership
Sociocultural influence
Program evaluation


My URLs:

Research Gate



Promotion of Children and Adolescent Development (Service Learning subject)

Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs (Service Learning subject)

Tomorrow’s Leaders

Service Leadership

Use and dissemination of psychological instrumentation in research and service contexts


Selected Publications:

*Equal authorship

Lin, L. (2019). Is searching for meaning in life related to civic engagement?: Individual- and society-level moderators. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1334. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01334. (Q2, 40/137 in Psychology, Multidisciplinary; IF=2.129)


Leung, H., & Lin, L*. (2019). Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior in Hong Kong: Prevalence, Protective Factors, and Sex Education Programs. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(6), S52-S58. (Q1: 5/124 in Pediatrics; IF = 3.957)


Lin, L*., & Shek, D. T. L. (2019). The influence of meaning in life on adolescents’ hedonic well-being and risk behaviour: Implications for social work. British Journal of Social Work, 49(1), 5-24. (Q1: 9/43 in Social Work; IF =1.569)


Lin, L*. & Shek, D. T. L. (2018). Does service leadership education contribute to student well-being? A quasi-experimental study based on Hong Kong University students. Applied Research in Quality of Life. Online Advance Publication. DOI: 10.1007/s11482-018-9644-x


Li, J. Lin, L., Zhao, Y., & Chen, J. (2018). Grittier Chinese adolescents are happier: the mediating role of mindfulness. Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 232-237.


Li, J., Zhao, Y. Lin, L, Chen, J., & Wang, S. (2018). The freedom to persist: Belief in free will predicts perseverance for long-term goals among Chinese adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 7-10.


Shek, D. T. L., & Lin, L*. (2017). Use of foul language among Chinese adolescents: developmental change and relations with psychosocial competences. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(3), 313-319. (Q1: 7/73 in Developmental Psychology).


Shek, D. T. L., & Lin, L*. (2017). Trajectories of personal well-being attributes among high school students in Hong Kong. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12(4), 841-866.


Leung J.T.Y., Shek, D. T. L., & Lin, L (2017). Mother-child discrepancy in perceived parental control and adolescent filial piety in poor single-mother families. Journal of Adolescence, 60, 1-10.


Shek, D. T. L, & Lin, L*. (2016). What predicts adolescent delinquent behavior in Hong Kong? A longitudinal study of personal and family factors. Social Indicators Research, 129(3), 1291-1318.


Chi, X., Lin, L., & Zhang, P. (2016). Internet addiction among college students in China: Prevalence and psychosocial correlates. Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking, 19(9), 567-573.


Shek, D. T. L, & Lin, L*. (2016). Delinquent behavior in high school students in Hong Kong: Sociodemographic, personal, and family determinants. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 29(1), S61-S71.


Leung, J. T., Shek, D. T., & Lin, L. (2016). Mother-Child Discrepancy in Perceived Family Functioning and Adolescent Developmental Outcomes in Families Experiencing Economic Disadvantage in Hong Kong. Journal of Youth and Adolescence45(10), 2036-2048.


Shek, D. T. L, Xie, Q. Z., & Lin, L. (2015). The impact of family intactness on family functioning, parental control and parent-child relational qualities in a Chinese context. Frontiers in Pediatrics.


Shek, D. T. L, & Lin, L. (2014). Personal well-being and family quality of life of early adolescents in Hong Kong: Do economic disadvantage and time matter? Social Indicators Research, 117(3), 795-809.


Wang, Q., Chan, H. W., & Lin, L. (2012). Antecedents of Chinese parents’ autonomy support and psychological control: The interplay between parents’ self-development socialization goals and adolescents’ school performance. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 1442-1454.


Current Research Projects :

  • Does Belief in Low Social Mobility Undermine Prosociality of College Students?: Experimental Studies of Social Mobility Belief” (PI)
    • Departmental General Research Fund, 2019-2021 (HK$70,000)
  • Why people search for meaning in life? – Implications for human well-being” (PI)
    • Start-up fund, 2018-2020 (HK$100,000)
  • “Moral Education and Moral Behavior in High School Students in Hong Kong” (co-PI)
    • Wofoo Foundation (HKD $1,000,000)
  • Parental emotion socialization: Implications for early adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment, the role of parents’ socialization goals, and the role of gender” (Co-I)
    • GRF (No.14659716) (HKD $627,520)


Professional & Community Service:
External member of the Centre for Chinese Family Studies in Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK