Youth more independent

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 October, 1993, 12:00am

NEARLY a quarter of youngsters, if permitted, would live apart from their parents, according to a recent survey.

The survey also found Hong Kong's youth are increasingly independent and do not have a strong attachment to their families.

It found that more than 50 per cent said they would make decisions regardless of their family's will.

Only one third thought either parent provided a good role model.

The survey Young People's Perception of Family was commissioned by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and involved interviews with 540 people aged between 15 and 29.

A federation spokesman said: ''Family life is very important to young people and parents should look into their relations with their children seriously.'' Parents should be aware that inter-family relations could affect their children's future.

The survey said 31 per cent of those surveyed did not believe their parents provided a good role model - and that this was not through a lack of trying on the youngsters' part.

A third of respondents claimed to have put in ''considerable effort'' to maintain relations with family members.

More evidence of the rift between parents and children is the 55 per cent who, when asked how they would react if their family's demands went against their will, said they would ''act according to their own wishes''.

Keeping the family together appears to be a growing challenge with almost 25 per cent of the survey group stating, that given a choice, they would prefer to live apart from their parents.

Despite the problems of dealing with their own parents, those surveyed consider the future to hold brighter prospects - with about 75 per cent confident of building a happy family of their own.

However, not everyone was so positive, with about 12 per cent planning to avoid additional responsibilities by remaining childless.

The survey suggests today's youngsters have at least something in common with their parents. Most of those surveyed who want children hope they will be ''clever and brilliant''.