The survey of 791 liberal studies teachers found more than half of the respondents said they would be willing to give up human rights to ensure social stability and harmony.
Fifty-five per cent also said freedom from corporal punishment at the hands of their parents was not a children's right.
Researchers at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, who carried out the study, concluded that negative attitudes and misconceptions identified in the survey could be the result of the government's neglect of human rights education.
Leung Yan-wing, principal investigator of the project, said he was shocked by the results and was worried it could lead to an erosion in awareness of human rights among future generations.
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