Effectiveness of a Chinese positive youth development program: The Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Man Sze Ma

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Adopting a static group comparison design, this chapter examined the effectiveness of the Project P.A.T.H.S. using social survey data. In a longitudinal study, 3,328 students were recruited from 28 secondary schools for the Wave 1 data, with 16 participating schools (P Group) and 12 non-participating schools (NP Group). The data were collected roughly four months after the inception of the Project P.A.T.H.S. and the data collection time for the two groups was similar. Results showed that the two groups did not differ in their school characteristics with the exception of student age, length of stay in Hong Kong and family functioning. Analyses using analyses of covariance were conducted with the removal of the effects of age, length of stay in Hong Kong and family functioning. Compared with students in the non-participating schools, students participating in the Project P.A.T.H.S. had better positive youth development and displayed less adolescent risk behavior. Acknowledging the limitations of a static group comparison as a pre-experimental design, the present study provides supplementary evidence on the effectiveness of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow's Leaders
Subtitle of host publicationService Leadership and Holistic Development in Chinese University Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781633219434
ISBN (Print)9781633218802
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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