Factors influencing the quality of implementation of a positive youth development program in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Moon Y.M. Law

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This study examines how social workers collaborate with school teachers in implementing a schoolbased positive youth development program in Hong Kong. Individual and focus group interviews are conducted with social workers cooperating with school teachers in implementing the Project P.A.T.H.S. in a school context. Through the interviews, strategies for establishing inter-disciplinary collaboration and factors that hinder or facilitate program implementation are identified. This case study highlights factors that facilitate the collaboration between social workers and school teachers, including the following: 1) sufficient training for instructors, 2) sharing of the practice wisdom and teaching experiences, 3) building up mutual support among different parties, 4) use of proactive communication, and 5) demonstration of self-disclosure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-372
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


  • adolescents
  • case study
  • Hong Kong
  • positive youth development
  • program implementation
  • Project P.A.T.H.S

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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