Compensated dating (CD) – a relationship with mainly financial support, in Hong Kong seems to be sprouting up among adolescent. CD is similar to juvenile prostitution (JP) but is not exactly the same. It is not necessarily involving sexual intercourse but a wide variety of nonsexual and sexual services are involved in CD. A study shown that even the prevalent rate of CD in HK was lower than those shown in Western and Asian counterparts, it was alarming. Furthermore, there is a risk that CD may turn out to become JP since most adolescent who engaged in CD used the term CD to make them a disparate sense from the stigmatic term prostitute (Lee & Shek, 2013). Although they thought that they could choose the kind of service they provide, reality is not always true as expected. Therefore, health education among early adolescents is of great urgency, topics on both sex and money literacy in order to reach the final sake for lowering the prevalent rate of CD.
There are several important findings from the study that cannot be neglected. First and the most affective factor, positive youth development (PYD) and perceived family functioning (i.e. mutuality, harmony, communication), academic and school competence were negatively related to adolescent’s CD behavior. Low economic status in the family, domestic violence and abusive experience, chaotic and ineffective parenting styles are example of primary risk factors. Nevertheless, parents’ marital status influence on the engagement in CD is more significant than that by family economic background. There is a big different between separated but not remarried and first marriage. In other words, better mutual support, love, and concern among family members and higher levels of PYD can lower the level of CD. Second, the study found that males reported a higher percentage of CD than females, especially for those whose family received public financial assistance. Studies were used to focusing females on sex problem but ignore males as this is not commonly expected in Chinese society. Third, problem behaviours, such as substance abuse, are just mildly related to CD (Lee & Shek, 2013).
Early adolescent may come across violence in CD and they may not seek for help as they do not want others know what they are doing. Risky sexual behavior may cause venereal disease or irrecoverable damage their reproductive systems which are still developing.
Hong Kong is an international modern city, but is deeply affected by traditional Chinese culture, sex related issues are often a taboo. Society seems CD as an improper transaction, even it is different from prostitute, it is a “dirty” way to earn money. Early adolescent who engaged in CD may avoid letting parents and schoolmates to notice their “job”, this may develop stress and isolation from social circle by themselves. It would be more serious if CD is known by others,...