Liu Tzu-suan and Xia Yiwei, PhD students from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Macau (UM), and their supervisor Prof Spencer De Li, associate dean of the FSS, recently won a second prize at the National Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and the 17th Academic Conference of the Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, for their co-authored paper titled ‘Parenting Practices and Adolescent Drug Use: A Comparison between China and USA’.

By combining the baseline data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 in the United States and the data collected by UM’s research team in a large city in China (the latter was funded by UM, with Prof Spencer Li as the principal investigator), the study systematically compares the differences in parenting practices and substance use between China and the US in the two survey samples. It has found that the rate of substance abuse is significantly lower among Chinese adolescents than among their American counterparts. Further, by comparing the influences of parental supervision, response and control on adolescent substance abuse in the two countries, the study has found that in China, parental supervision and response significantly inhibit adolescent substance abuse while parental control shows no noticeable effect; but in the US, parental supervision, response and control all play a significant role in preventing adolescent substance abuse. The study provides social and cultural explanations of the differences between the two countries.

This year’s conference attracted a record number of participants and papers. More than 500 representatives from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao participated in the conference and submitted more than 100 papers in total. The event was administrated by the Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, with Taiwan Society for Substance Abuse Research as a co-organiser.

A paper co-written by Prof Chen Huailin and PhD student Xu Min from the University of Macau (UM) Department of Communication recently received a second prize in the outstanding paper category at the China Communication Forum 2017 on November 12. This year’s event attracted 260 experts and scholars from more than 100 universities, research institutes, and publishing companies in the United States, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. Of the 200 papers presented at the forum, four were written by UM members.


今屆大會吸引來自美國、海峽兩岸及港澳地區的百多所高校、研究及出版機構共260位專家學者參加,論文發表共200餘篇,其中澳大共有四篇論文入選發表。是次會議由資深學者對論文作出評審,共頒一等獎一個 、二等獎四個和三等獎六個。最終,陳懷林和徐敏就典型人物宣傳長期效果的研究論文突圍而出,獲頒二等獎。