Do university students change after taking a subject on leadership and intrapersonal development?

Tan Lei Shek, Man Sze Ma

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The changes in university students after taking a subject on leadership and intrapersonal development ("Tomorrow's Leaders" at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) are presented in this paper. Adopting a pre-experimental design (one group pretest-posttest design), 1029 students responded to a questionnaire assessing different aspects of development, including measures of positive youth development and life satisfaction. While students showed positive changes in self-determination, thriving and life satisfaction, their scores declined in some measures of positive youth development. The present findings are consistent with the previous findings that the subject is able to promote the holistic development of university students in Hong Kong, but it also generated some odd findings to be clarified in future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Hong Kong
  • outcome measures
  • pre-experimental design
  • Project P.A.T.H.S

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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