Development, implementation, and evaluation of a multi-addiction prevention program for primary school students in Hong Kong : the B.E.S.T. teen program

Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yu, Hildie Leung, Ka Yu Florence Wu, M.Y.M. Law

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Based on the evaluation findings of the B.E.S.T. Teen Program which aimed at promoting behavioral, emotional, social, and thinking competencies in primary school students, it is argued in this paper that promotion of psychosocial competence to prevent addiction in primary school students is a promising strategy. A total of 382 Primary 5 (Grade 5) and 297 Primary 6 (Grade 6) students from five primary schools in Hong Kong participated in the program. Different evaluation strategies were adopted to evaluate the program. First, objective outcome evaluation adopting a non-equivalent group pretest–posttest experimental-control group design was conducted to examine change in the students. Second, to gauge students’ perceptions of the program, subjective outcome evaluation was conducted. The evaluation findings basically converged to tentatively suggest that young adolescents benefited from participating in the program. Implications on the development, implementation, and evaluation of addiction prevention programs for teenagers are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAsian journal of gambling issues and public health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Addiction prevention
  • Psychosocial competence
  • Positive youth development
  • Chinese adolescents
  • Primary school students
  • Program evaluation

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