The socially malnourished children: an anatomy of the self-image of a student population in Hong Kong

Author

Cheung, Tak-sing

TitleThe socially malnourished children: an anatomy of the self-image of a student population in Hong Kong
PublisherSocial Research Center, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication DateMarch, 1978
Pages:32
Keywords:Self-perception

Social conditions

Abstract/ Concluding Remarks:Like any study, the present research suffers from many limitations. To expose the major ones will help to chart the course of future investigations in this area. First, because different age groups comprise of different individuals, this is not a longitudinal study in the strict sense. Therefore, the present research harbors an assumption that background characteristics other than that suggested are either randomly distributed or not responsible for accounting the pattern of self-development as previously reported. The acceptability of my interpretations of the research results are therefore contingent upon whether this assumption holds true. Second, as mentioned, the sample of this study is not a probability sample. Although sometimes a nonprobability sample may turn out to be very representative, there is no way to determine to degree of confidence we have over that sample. Therefore, a replication of the present study with a probability sample is desirable if practically possible. Third, I have made some value judgements in the latter part of this article, i.e., the retreat to individualism is given a deprecatory evaluation. However, this is not a violation of the value-free principle. This principle should and can be unheld only in the process of research design and data collection. For the part of interpretation of research findings, the author is free to bring forth his value judgements. Indeed, serious doubts have been raised as to whether biases can be avoided at all in the whole process of doing social science research. The utmost we can do, therefore, is to expose one's own biases.
NoteBibliography: p. 31-32
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