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3.7.3 Talent development, career exploration, work habits, meaning in life, and connectedness of Chinese adolescents

This study was conducted with 2,638 Chinese adolescents (mean age = 14.92, SD = 1.32) in Hong Kong and investigated associations among the variables of talent development, career exploration, work habits, meaning in life, and connectedness. Results demonstrated that presence of meaning in life had indirect effects on talent development, career exploration, and work habits through the mediating effects of connectedness. Implications for future research and for practical implementation of talent development and career exploration programs for adolescents are discussed, with particular reference to gifted and talented students.


Mantak Yuen
University of Hong Kong

Mantak Yuen is an associate professor and director of Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education, the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He is also the supervisor of the Programme for Creativity and Talent Development.

Jesus Alfonso D. Datu*

Jesus Alfonso D. Datu is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology under the Division of Learning, Development, and Diversity, the Faculty of Education.

Shui-wai Wong*

Shui-wai Wong is an assistant professor, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Josephine Yau*

Josephine Yau is a lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Norma C. Gysbers*

Norman C. Gysbers, Curators' Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, U.S.A.


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