Evaluation of a community-based positive youth development program for adolescents with greater psychosocial needs: Views of the program participants

Tan Lei Shek, Cecilia M.S. Ma, Moon Y.M. Law, Zoe Zhao

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The present study attempted to investigate the perceptions of Chinese secondary school students with greater psychosocial needs of the Tier 2 Program in the community-based phase of P.A.T.H.S. Project in Hong Kong (n=4245). Using a subjective outcome evaluation tool (Form C), the results revealed that a great majority of the students held positive attitudes toward the program, implementers and the effectiveness of the program. Also, the three domains of the program ("program quality", "implementer quality" and "program effectiveness") were significantly associated with each other. In line with previous findings, both program content and program implementer quality were significant predictors of program effectiveness. The current findings further reinforce the thesis that the community-based Tier 2 programs of the P.A.T.H.S. Project are effective in promoting the holistic development of adolescents with greater psychosocial needs in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Chinese adolescents
  • positive youth development
  • problem behavior
  • program evaluation
  • 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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