Development of a positive youth development subject in a university context in Hong Kong

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A survey of the literature shows that there are worrying developmental issues among university students in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, universal adolescent prevention and positive youth development programs specifi cally designed for university students are grossly lacking in Hong Kong. With reference to the positive youth development approach, it is argued that promotion of intrapersonal competencies and interpersonal relationship skills among university students is an important strategy to facilitate holistic development and well-being of young people in Hong Kong. At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a course entitled "Tomorrow's Leaders" focusing on positive youth development constructs to promote student well-being will be offered on a compulsory basis starting from the 2012/13 academic year under the new undergraduate curriculum structure. This paper outlines the objectives, intended learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment and references of the subject.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Credit-bearing subject
  • Leadership
  • Positive youth development
  • Psychosocial competencies
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing


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