Self-dissatisfaction versus political frustrations: Analysis of radicalism among Hong Kong youth

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Conference Proceeding

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There have been raising concerns about the radicalization of Hong Kong youths in recent years. With reference to the frustration-aggression hypothesis, this study examined the relative importance of personal vs political grievances in explaining the support for radical protests. A sample of 792 cases were surveyed among students aged 17-30 from two local tertiary institutions. Regression analysis showed that political frustrations accounted for more impacts than frustrations about their personal situations (self-dissatisfaction) on their support to radicalism. Interestingly, dissatisfaction towards the Hong Kong government was no longer a significant determinant after controlling the variables of their views towards the Central government and Chinese identity.

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Society for Hong Kong Studies First Annual Conference, on 22 June 2019, at The University of Hong Kong

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