Dr. Mantak Yuen


Dr. Mantak Yuen is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory and Program for Creativity and Talent Development, Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.   He is a registered counselling and educational psychologist, and a certified counselor, approved supervisor and Fellow of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.  His academic and professional interests focus on guidance and counselling, life career and talent development, gifted education, positive psychology, and special needs education. At the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Yuen co-ordinates the HKU Faculty of Education MEd course in Guidance and Counselling as well as Career Education and Gifted Education courses.  He has developed and validated The Life Skills Development Self-Efficacy Inventories, which are the first measurement tools for assessing Asian adolescents’ self-efficacy in applying life skills in the domains of academic, personal-social, and career and talent development.  His work has been published in High Ability Studies, Journal of Vocational Behavior, School Psychology Quarterly, and Thinking Skills and Creativity. His current research is investigating links among students’ life skills and talent development, self-efficacy, connectedness, meaning in life, career development and well-being, and school-based counseling and social-emotional learning programs. He is a delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness.  He is the editor of Nurturing Talents, newsletter of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness.  


enlightenedInvited Symposium Title

Life Satisfaction of Gifted Adolescents: Relations with Career Self-Efficacy, Perseverance of Effort and Adaptability to Situations

enlightenedInvited Symposium Description

A critical review of literature on life satisfaction of adolescents will be provided, together with details from two studies. The first investigated psychometric properties of Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale BMSLSS with Chinese gifted adolescents.  Results indicated high internal consistency and a one-factor solution. The second study examined associations among variables of perseverance of effort, adaptability to situations, and students’ life satisfaction. It was found that perseverance was linked to higher levels of life satisfaction, while adaptability was indirectly linked to life satisfaction via career development self-efficacy. Practical strategies for enhancing life satisfaction of gifted adolescents will be discussed.