Daily conflict common

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am


Most secondary school students do not want to talk to their parents when conflicts arise, a study says.

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Parent-child Mediation Centre surveyed 6,294 secondary school students from 20 schools between last September and April. Sixteen per cent of them said they argue with their parents at least once a day. Some 40 per cent seldom argued with their parents.

Yet the results also show that a quarter of the students just pretend to agree with their parents to avoid conflict. A fifth said they followed their parents' wishes even if they did not want to do so.

Sixteen per cent of students said they ignored their parents' wishes.

The survey showed that parents mostly quarrelled with their children over playing video games too much.

Several young people also sought to have a greater say over what they wanted to do with their time.