Evaluation of a positive youth development program for adolescents with greater psychosocial needs: Integrated views of program implementers

Tan Lei Shek, Man Sze Ma, Rachel C.F. Sun

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To help adolescents with greater psychosocial needs, the Tier 2 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) was designed and implemented by school social workers and teachers. Based on subjective outcome evaluation data collected from the program participants (n = 2,542) in 49 schools, program implementers were invited to write down five conclusions based on an integration of the evaluation findings. With reference to 245 conclusions included in the 49 evaluation reports, secondary data analyses showed that most of the conclusions concerning perceptions of the Tier 2 Program, instructors, and program effectiveness were positive. In addition, difficulties encountered and recommendations for program improvement were highlighted. In conjunction with previous evaluation findings, the present study suggests that the Tier 2 Program was well received and was perceived to be beneficial to the development of adolescents with greater psychosocial needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1890-1900
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • Chinese adolescents with greater psychosocial needs
  • Program evaluation
  • Project P.A.T.H.S.
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Subjective outcome evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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