Date
25 November 2017
Younger Hong Kong people are less happy than their elders because of work pressures and challenges in raising children, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
Younger Hong Kong people are less happy than their elders because of work pressures and challenges in raising children, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

Most Hong Kong people are happy with their families

Six in 10 Hong Kong people are happy with their families, with those 60 years old and above being the happiest.

Older people are most satisfied mainly due to harmonious family relationships and good health, am730 reported Friday, citing a survey by the Hong Kong Women Development Association.

The survey interviewed 492 people in January.

People between 40 and 49 are less happy due to work pressures and challenges in bringing up children.

Meanwhile, 36 percent of the interviewees, mostly from immigrant and low-income families, said they are unhappy because of frequent domestic squabbles, poor living conditions and inadequate income, the report said.

Only 47 percent said they have enough time to spend with family and friends but male respondents have less time to spare due to longer working hours.

The association urged the government to consider standard working hours and more family-oriented policies including extending maternity leave to 12 weeks and seven-day paid maternity leave.

Also, it said the government should put more efforts to increase the number of social workers and family service centers, especially in North District, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai where new immigrants are likely to settle.

It said family visits by social workers will help curb domestic violence. 

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